Editorial: No surprise in push to legalize recreational pot in Oklahoma

Well, that certainly didn’t take long. Little more than a year after Oklahoma voters approved “medical” marijuana, an effort is underway to legalize recreational pot.

This should come as no surprise. Having gained a foothold with medical marijuana, proponents of this wonder drug were naturally going to look to expand its availability.

A petition filed recently with the secretary of state’s office seeks to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. It would place a 15% excise tax on the product (but not on medical marijuana).

Eleven states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Only Vermont and Illinois did so through the legislative process.

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