SQ788 passes

Grady County and the rest of Oklahoma voted yes to approve State Question 788 which legalizes medical marijuana on Tuesday night. 

The controversial proposition was on the ballot during the Statewide Primary Election on June 26. 

At the Grady County level, unofficial results ended with 51.04% voting yes and 48.96% voting no, according to numbers from the Oklahoma State Election Board. 

These numbers were closely reflected at the state level as 56.71% of voters said yes and 43.29% voted no. 

Initially, absentee and early voting numbers in Grady County showed the majority voting no to State Question 788. However, as soon as the first precinct rolled in the yes vote took a steady lead.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released a statement on Tuesday night directing Oklahomans to the Oklahoma Medial Marijuana Authority website at omma.ok.gov. The site includes the text of State Question 788, an updated draft of emergency rules for the implementation of State Question 788, FAQ and a public comment form on proposed emergency draft rules. 

Governor Mary Fallin also released a statement following the unofficial election results. 

“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. 

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