Cannabis policy reform efforts continue to make strides for the 2022 election season with activists in four states recently submitting signatures to qualify marijuana legalization measures for this year’s ballot. Campaigns in Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Dakota submitted paperwork to legalize adult-use cannabis, while advocates in Nebraska proffered petitions for a voter initiative the legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.
Cannabis Legalization: Oklahoma
On July 5, the group
The proposed initiative would permit adults 21 and older to purchase up to an ounce of cannabis and grow personal amounts of marijuana at home. The ballot measure would also establish a regulatory framework for commercial adult-use cannabis sales. If enough petition signatures for the proposal are verified, the governor will issue a proclamation certifying State Question 802 for the November ballot.
“The overwhelming number of signatures we have received demonstrates that our campaign has the momentum, and that Oklahomans are ready to vote to legalize recreational marijuana for adults,” Michelle Tilley, campaign director of the campaign,
Cannabis Legalization: Arkansas
The measure also includes provisions to increase the number of medical marijuana dispensaries and to issue licenses for up to 40 recreational marijuana retailers. The group submitted more than 190,000 signatures to the office of the Secretary of State, more than twice the number needed to qualify the initiative for the general election ballot.
“We’re confident in our signatures and our amendment,” Steve Lancaster, counsel for Responsible Growth Arkansas,
Cannabis Legalization: North Dakota
Last week, the group
“We’ve had signature gatherers in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Minot, Williston. We were at Country Fest this weekend in New Salem. This was a campaign that was done in less than 100 days and we averaged 2,000 signatures a week the whole way through,”
Cannabis Legalization: Nebraska
On July 7, the group
“You know, we just got done submitting the stories of people right in our state, the stories of people who really, really need this and I had the incredible honor to get to hear those stories and come alongside of people who fought this issue with everything they had in them,”
Activists in Maryland and South Dakota have already successfully qualified cannabis legalization measures for this year’s general election in November. In May, the group