Caitlin Rockett | Boulder Weekly
Except maybe in science fiction and alternate history tales, the words “Oklahoma” and “legal marijuana” have rarely appeared in the same sentence up to now.
That changed Tuesday, June 26, when Oklahoma voters passed State Question 788, an initiative legalizing medical marijuana by a nearly 122,000-vote margin.
The vote, with all of the state’s 1951 precincts reporting, was 506,782 in favor versus 384,872 opposed, or 56.8 percent to 43.2.
The victory margin is impressive for three reasons: 1) Oklahoma is one of the most socially conservative states in the country. 2) The vote took place during a primary election, when voter turnout tends to be older and more conservative. 3) There was organized and well-funded opposition to the initiative.
“No one can stop an idea whose time has come,” an exuberant Shawn Jenkins, the secretary of the Vote Yes on 788 PAC, told the Tulsa World at the committee’s watch party. “No one can stop common people for a common cause coming together — no matter how much money (you spend) or lies you try to speak.”
Opponents, whose PAC was named “SQ 788 is Not Medical,” spent about half-a-million dollars trying to kill the initiative with a late TV ad blitz, claiming, among other things, that the initiative was so broad and loosely worded