Oklahoma Activists Launch Initiative for Expungement & Decriminalization With State Question 812

By Therin Miller | Top Shelf News | Sept. 7, 2020

Oklahoma based group "We are 788" has launched an initiative to collect signatures to add cannabis expungement and decriminalization to the ballot in November. "We are 788" needs to collect 180,000 signatures in order to get the State Question 812 on the ballot for Oklahoma Voters.

The Bill calls for the "releases of prisoners from prisons and jails for possession of marijuana. Keeps people from going to jail for marijuana possession in the future. Expunges records of those who have been convicted of marijuana possession and the State of Oklahoma shall pay the costs for each expungement."

The proposed measure would decriminalize the following:

– Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana)

– Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana) with the Intent to Distribute

– Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana) within 2,000 Feet of a School or Public Park

– Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana) in the Presence of a Minor Child

– Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana) without a Tax Stamp

– Possession of Proceeds Derived from a Violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act

Danna Malone, said the group currently has only around 10,000 signatures "With the coronavirus, we don’t have any large events where we can go and collect signatures," she said.

The group has a monumental task ahead of them if they hope to get this on the ballot in less than a month. "We are 788" is currently calling for 2,000 volunteers you Sept. 12 and 13 throughout Oklahoma to collect signatures. If you'd like to learn more of see how you can help you can find out more here.

If you would like to read the SQ812 Petition you can here.

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