Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana
The Associated Press - July 14, 2018 9:31 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Marijuana advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana.
After seeing years of waiting for cannabis to roll out elsewhere, Oklahoma’s proponents built in a two-month deadline for implementation.
But within weeks, state health officials and the Republican governor signed off on tough new restrictions, including a ban on the sale of smokable pot. The last-minute change was supported by conservative groups representing doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists who opposed medical marijuana, but was seen as denying the will of the voters by some supporters of the state question.
Even in conservative states such as Oklahoma, public attitudes are shifting in favor of making the drug accessible. However heavy resistance remains from policymakers, especially in areas where Republicans are in control.