Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Facts
In 2015, the Oklahoma legislature passed a medical cannabis law allowing patients suffering from certain conditions to legally use cannabidiol oil (CBD). Unfortunately, the medical marijuana facts for Oklahoma patients were that they could only use it if they suffered from severe epilepsy and they did not have in-state access. The next year, however, state legislators expanded the qualifying conditions to include multiple sclerosis and chronic wasting disease, as well as intractable vomiting and nausea.
- In the state of Oklahoma, it is considered unlawful for any person to drive, operate, or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within this state, whether upon public roads, highways, streets, turnpikes, other public places or upon any private road, street, alley or lane which provides access to one or more single or multi-family dwellings, who is under the influence of any intoxicating substance other than alcohol which may render such person incapable of safely driving or operating a motor vehicle.
- Any person who operates a motor vehicle upon the public roads, highways, streets, turnpikes or other public place or upon any private road, street, alley or lane which provides access to one or more single or multi-family dwellings within this state shall be deemed to have given consent to a test or tests of such person’s blood, saliva or urine for determining the presence or concentration of any intoxicating substance if arrested for any offense arising out of acts alleged to have been committed while the person was operating or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance, or the combined influence of alcohol and any other intoxicating substance.
- If a conscious person under arrest refuses to submit to testing of his or her blood or breath for the purpose of determining the alcohol concentration thereof, or to a test of his or her blood, saliva or urine for the purpose of determining the presence or concentration of any other intoxicating substance, none shall be given, but the Commissioner of Public Safety shall revoke the license to drive and any nonresident operating privilege.
- When a person is eighteen (18) years of age or older and commits DUI with a child less than eighteen (18) years of age in the vehicle, the fine shall be enhanced to double the amount of the fine imposed for the underlying driving under the influence (DUI) violation which shall be in addition to any other penalties allowed by this section.
- Oklahoma voters approved an initiative to reduce the penalties for possessing weed and other drugs in 2016, making it a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Proponents of the initiative argued that it would be much more effective — and save the state a great deal of money — to treat drug addiction rather than send all drug offenders to prison. Approximately half the people in Oklahoma prisons are there due to non-violent offenses.
- However, a state senator filed a bill to change that decision in February, 2017. Sen. Ralph Shortey introduced a bill that would once again make it a felony to possess any Schedule I or Schedule II drug, with the exception of marijuana.
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