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Both sides weigh in on the passage of SQ 788

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Oklahoma approved State Question 788 on Tuesday night's election.

Almost immediately, those who were for and against the state question released their statements. .

Governor Mary Fallin released a statement saying she still believes the law is written too "loosely."

“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state. It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens. As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses," Fallin said.

The Co-Chair of SQ 788 is Not Medical Coalition says they "respect the will of the voters."

“We are obviously disappointed by the outcome, as we believe 788 is simply too broadly written to be considered a legitimate medical marijuana program," Co-Chair Kevin E. Taubman said. "However, we respect the will of the voters and our member groups look forward to working with the Legislature and the Health Department to advance common-sense regulations that benefit patients while protecting businesses and communities.”

Not all are disappoint in the results. The Executive Director of New Health Solutions Oklahoma, Inc., the trade association for the medical cannabis industry in Oklahoma says the vote was a "victory."

“Almost all of us know someone who is suffering from cancer, PTSD, seizures, or one of the dozens of medical conditions and illnesses that medical cannabis is proven to be effective in treating,” Executive Director Bud Scott said. “This vote was a victory for them. I am proud and honored to have worked alongside thousands of Oklahomans who pushed for this change.”

State Question 788 will legalize the license use, sale and growth of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

See the rest of the election results at http://okcfox.com/news/election-results




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