Is marijuana legal in Oklahoma?

Watching the news as it relates to marijuana these days can get confusing. For example, the substance is legal for recreational use in California, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. In other states, it's just legal for medical purposes -- and sometimes these medical purposes are highly restricted to just a few conditions.

In Oklahoma, for example, marijuana for recreational purposes continues to be illegal. Lawmakers have only permitted its use in a highly restricted medical capacity.

Cannabidiol recently approved for limited medical use in Oklahoma

In April 2017, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure that allows patients to use cannabidiol under medical supervision to treat epileptic seizures. Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating marijuana product -- the medicine has only a fraction of the normal amount of THC, and therefore it does not result in intoxication.

As a result of the new law, Cannabidiol medicine is a legally-approved treatment for spasticity caused by paraplegia, sclerosis and chronic wasting disease.

Medical and recreational marijuana are still illegal

It's important to note that the bill is limited in scope. The Oklahoma governor says that she continues to be against the wide-ranging legalization of medical marijuana that has preceded the legalization of recreational marijuana in other states.

Nevertheless, a proposed bill that would legalize medical marijuana is set to appear on an Oklahoma state ballot in 2018. If approved, Oklahoma will join the ranks of other states that have welcomed the use of marijuana to treat numerous medical conditions.

Out-of-state marijuana causing legal challenges in Oklahoma

With other states like California and Colorado are allowing marijuana for recreational purposes, it's only natural that pot from these states finds its way across state lines into places where the drug is still illegal -- like Oklahoma.

In fact, attorneys general from Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit regarding the problem, saying that smugglers with out-of-state marijuana are filling their prisons.

If you are facing charges that you smuggled marijuana into Oklahoma unlawfully, it's important that you educate yourself on your legal rights, and apply them strategically to your criminal defense. If a conviction occurs, you could find yourself with a long-term jail sentence.

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