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Throwback Tulsa: On 4/20, a look back at marijuana in Oklahoma

Throwback Tulsa: On 4/20, a look back at marijuana in Oklahoma

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In honor of 4/20, which some recognize as a marijuana holiday, here's a look back at Oklahoma's history with it.

December 2014: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt joined Nebraska’s Jon Bruning in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

May 2015: A medical pilot program using cannabidiol — a nonintoxicating derivative of marijuana — was approved in a bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

June 2018: 57 percent of voters passed State Question 788 in June 2018. The measure made it legal to use, sell and grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

January to July 2020: The state and local taxes from Oklahoma medical marijuana exceeded $80 million.

September 2020: The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down an initiative petition seeking to legalize recreational marijuana.

December 2020: Medical marijuana sales tax boosts Tulsa coffers amid COVID-19 revenue losses; city on track to collect $4.8 million in sales tax on the sale of medical marijuana through June 2021.


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