Oklahoma’s current marijuana laws are quite different from those in some blue states and our Canadian neighbors to the north. Location matters just as much as the other facts of the situation when determining whether using marijuana is legal. Unfortunately, Oklahomans face comparably harsh penalties for using marijuana in the Sooner State.
Oklahoma’s Marijuana Laws
The state of Oklahoma has legalized the use of medical marijuana for those with certain medical conditions. However, there are plenty of questions as to how the medical marijuana program will be implemented. The sad truth is Oklahoma law enforcement has not taken action to simplify the legality surrounding marijuana. The confusion surrounding Oklahoma’s marijuana laws have spurred numerous meetings between state law enforcement and state lawmakers.
At the moment, Oklahoma’s medical marijuana rules state an individual without a state license will be subjected to a minimum of a $400 fine if he or she has 1.5 ounces or less of cannabis. However, if the individual in question does not have a medical condition that allows for the use of marijuana, the penalties will be substantially worse. It is particularly interesting to note Oklahoma has a distinct law that decriminalizes the possession of low level drugs. This is precisely why Oklahoma law enforcers are a bit confounded as to which laws should be followed. Some state police officers have stated they can rely on old laws to legally arrest those who possess marijuana without the state’s medical license. This means it is up to the law enforcement agent to either arrest an individual caught with marijuana or let the matter go with a mere fine.
The Specifics of the Sooner State’s Marijuana Laws
The Sooner State recently altered its marijuana laws with the passage of State Question 788. The new rules apply lower misdemeanor charges for drug possession. If an individual is found with 1.5 ounces or less of medical cannabis, $400 is the maximum fine he or she will face. There is no jail time for those found with 1.5 ounces or less of this variety of marijuana. In fact, it is even possible to file an appeal to have prior marijuana convictions altered to reflect the new rules. Though marijuana laws have clearly changed, it is still illegal for Oklahomans to possess or grow medical marijuana without the appropriate license.
Those who are approved for medical marijuana use in the state of Oklahoma are limited to certain CBD products. State lawmakers wrote the new marijuana rule to be CBD-specific. This means patients who qualify for the use of CBD products will be able to use marijuana to treat their condition as long as the CBD product does not have more than 3/10 of a single percentage of THC. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana.
What Oklahoma’s Law States About Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana
According to H.B. 1441, an individual who has a Schedule 1 controlled or chemical substance in his or her body when driving a motor vehicle will be jailed for a minimum of 10 days and upwards of an entire year or longer. Unfortunately, marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug. If an individual is found guilty of operating motor vehicle a second time while under the influence of marijuana, the sentencing will be even longer.
Some of those found guilty of crimes related to marijuana charges will lose more than their weed. Oklahoma law allows for any property or vehicles to be seized if they were involved in the charges relating to marijuana. Furthermore, it is possible for those convicted of cannabis-related crimes to have their driver’s license suspended for upwards of three years.
Recreational Cannabis in Oklahoma
At the moment, Oklahoma does not permit the use of recreational cannabis. Though cannabis laws are changing in some states, Oklahoma still limits cannabis consumption to those with certain medical problems. Thanks to State Question 7890 that went into effect in July of 2017, all marijuana charges in the state of Oklahoma are misdemeanor charges. It does not matter if the individual in question has a single marijuana offense or dozens of marijuana offenses; the possession charge will remain as a misdemeanor.
Furthermore, Oklahoma has a tax stamp law for those found with cannabis. Those in possession of illegal marijuana are forced to buy a stamp issued by the state of Oklahoma. This stamp is placed on the contraband. The per gram tax stamp rate is currently $3.50. Those who do not comply with the tax stamp law will face a penalty that is 200 times as severe as the tax stamp rate.