OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said she respects voters’ wishes but is concerned that Tuesday’s approval of medical marijuana in the state “opens the door” for recreational use.
Voters easily approved a measure allowing cannabis to be used as medicine in the traditionally conservative state. The term-limited Republican governor said she and other state officials are responsible for public health and safety, and that they’ll work to determine how to add proper regulatory framework for medical marijuana.
“I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana,” Fallin said in a statement late Tuesday after election results were clear.
Oklahoma’s was the first marijuana question on a state ballot in the U.S. in 2018, with elections scheduled for later this year in Michigan and Utah. Voters in neighboring Arkansas legalized the drug for medical use in 2016, but Oklahoma is among the most conservative states to approve its use.
Voters came out in droves to vote on the issue, which made it onto Oklahoma’s ballot through a