One of the biggest challenges facing Oklahoma’s new recreational marijuana industry is dealing with a quasi-legal industry in place that has some remarkable precedents. It’s a challenge that requires a collaborative effort between state officials and legislators from both sides of the aisle.
Legalization has been an issue for decades. Most states have experimented with either legalization or decriminalization.
Oklahoma’s cannabis industry is currently not subject to any criminal penalties, which has some lawmakers concerned. However, Oklahoma has already removed criminal penalties for possessing a small amount of cannabis within the state, and its legislature has also removed civil penalties for minor cannabis offense.
Despite these two legal features, there are still a number of issues that remain for Oklahoma. The most significant is that the state still remains a federally controlled substance, even as it embraces legal recreational cannabis. As such, it may face a number of restrictions in relation to state regulation.
Therefore, the state may need to do its best to identify any potential conflicts between federal and state laws. With recreational cannabis not yet being illegal federally, the state would need to review each aspect of the industry to see if they could find ways to balance it out.
Some jurisdictions are considering giving the state some local control over the new industry. Oklahoma’s legislators have expressed their willingness to consider this and have said that they hope the state will be able to control it in the future.
Conservatives in the state legislature believe that the state should keep its hands off the market and let the private sector handle it. Those who support state regulation are worried about future federal regulations that could have a significant impact on the state’s cannabis industry.
In a sense, this is where the difference between conservatism and reform comes into play. When conservatives push for state control, they tend to champion a libertarian view of the state. They see the state as a protector of liberty that can have authority over all aspects of the marketplace.
They want the state to take control of issues like alcohol, but at the same time they are open to the idea of regulating it in more conservative rural areas. Progressives are less likely to want a libertarian government involved in the affairs of the state, especially as they seek to expand the right to medical cannabis.
Many conservatives, especially those who are involved in local politics, believe that state involvement on issues like cannabis makes them look conservative. Others argue that it simply helps promote an ideology that is in line with their libertarian political ideology.
Both of these viewpoints can be heard in the debate over Oklahoma’s recreational cannabis industry. The state is expected to move forward on some of the smaller issues, such as who will regulate the industry, but it’s clear that the big questions aren’t going to be answered anytime soon.
Those questions are going to have to be addressed at the federal level. No matter how the state chooses to go about regulating its cannabis industry, it’s sure to face problems with federal officials, especially given the fact that cannabis remains a federally prohibited substance.