March 8, 2023- Oklahoma voters said NO to a state question Tuesday to allow for the recreational use of marijuana, after several words of opposition from faith leaders, law enforcement and prosecutors.
Oklahoma would have become the 22nd state to legalize adult use of cannabis had the voters of the state said yes to the question. Several other states have also denied the use of recreational marijuana such as Arkansas and North and South Dakota.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and many of the state’s GOP legislators, including nearly every Republican senator, are against the idea. Former Republican Gov. Frank Keating, an ex-FBI agent, and Terri White, the former head of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, led the ‘no’ campaign.