Marijuana Supporters and Opponents in Oklahoma Get Ready for The Upcoming Special Election!

Oklahoma recreational marijuana advocates and opponents prepare for upcoming special election

Oklahoma voters will vote in just a few weeks on whether to legalise recreational marijuana in the Sooner State.

Supporters and opponents of recreational marijuana are preparing for the upcoming Oklahoma Special Election.

According to the “Yes on 820” campaign, the law would regulate and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older.

According to the organisation, it has stringent safety requirements for labelling, childproof packaging, and quantity limits.

“We know Oklahomans can use this product responsibly,” said Ryan Kiesel, Senior consultant for the State Question 820 campaign.

A 15% excise tax on recreational sales would be imposed, with supporters claiming that it would raise millions of dollars for Oklahoma schools and health care, as well as free up police resources to focus on serious violent crimes.

“Based on some economic analysis that we’ve seen conservatively; we believe that that will bring in around $821 million in new revenue to the state of Oklahoma. Over the next five years, that will be a combination of medical and recreational use. “After that, a conservative estimate indicates $100 million in annual recurring revenue,” Kiesel said.

However, not everyone agrees with the concept.

According to the Executive Director of a local Christian recovery centre in Stillwater, no profit is worth the devastation caused by marijuana.

“They say it’s not addictive,” Todd Adams, Adult & Teen Challenge of Oklahoma, explained.

“I’ve seen it ruin so many people’s lives, and you can’t put a price tag on a ruined life,” he added.

Those sentiments were echoed by members of the Oklahoma Faith Coalition at the Capitol on Thursday.

Oklahoma Faith Coalition (OFC) is a “multi-faith, action-focused organisation that aims to foster sound public policy that advances the cause of religious freedom in Oklahoma”.

The group came together in March to ask Oklahomans to vote no on the measure, claiming that no anticipated financial incentive will justify the cost of Cannabis.

“We’ve seen that recreational marijuana allows easy access to mind-altering, addictive substances,” said Brian Hobbs, Oklahoma Baptists.

The group expressed concerns that marijuana promotes drug dependency and jeopardises family health and security without providing the financial benefits that supporters claim.

“Find another way to increase tax revenue. “This bill is poorly written [and] creates challenges for our schools [as well as] obstacles for our overburdened law enforcement,” Oklahoma Assemblies of God Rev. Darryl Wooten said.

“These so-called sin taxes have not been a windfall for Oklahomans,” said Rev. Stephen Hamilton, Archdiocese of Oklahoma.

The group stated that they are relying on paid advertisements and social media to spread the word about the question.

On March 7th, Oklahoma residents will vote on State Question 820.

It will require more than 50% of the vote to become law.

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