Oklahoma drug laws
Marijuana legalization in Oklahoma: Not anytime soon
Pot, Weed, Maryjane, Cannabis, Ganja, Marijuana, you call it what you want, but Oklahoma state does not gear down its strict stands on possession, sale or distribution, trafficking, and paraphernalia of marijuana. Illegal on all counts of usage, leading to incarceration or even serving life in prison, Oklahoma does not condone the recreational or medical use of marijuana. With Mary Fallin as the Governor, these stands do not seem to fade soon.
Smoking a joint in Oklahoma is not a thing you casually do, not unless you are seriously craving to serve time behind bars. Recreational use of marijuana or possession of even less than an ounce will land you on serious consequences. This will translate to up to one year of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000 for a first-time offense with the severity of a misdemeanor. Earlier in April 2016, Oklahoma’s governor Mary Fallin signed HB 2479, effective from November 1, 2016, which reduces the sentence for second weed possession in half. The second or subsequent offenses treated as felonies will attract a penalty of a mandatory minimum sentence one year to a maximum of five years along with a fine amounting up to $5,000.
Possession of Paraphernalia mostly used for recreational purposes is definitely a misdemeanor with a charge of a maximum of one-year prison term regardless of the number of times found in possession. A fine of $1,000 is charged for the first time, $5,000 for the second time, $10,000 for the third time in that ratio.
Other controlled substances
The vast majority of controlled substances and other commonly known drugs are categorized as either Schedule I or II drugs. Drugs that lie in these schedules have a high potential for abuse, no current medicinal use in the Oklahoma and the United States as well as they lack accepted ‘safety for use’ under any medical supervision. Unlike marijuana, they have a more severe penalty and they are the likes of heroin, opiates, cocaine, and methamphetamines. The first offense of possession of Schedule I or II drugs, it is considered as a felony with 2 to 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000. For subsequent possessions and arrests, the charges amount to 4 to 20 years behind bars and $10,000 in fine.
With the only cling to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma in 2016 elapsed due to lateness in the cut-off days for its authorization in the ballot papers by the Governor, Oklahoman’s hopes will be shifted to November 6, 2018. Currently, it is only legal for children with epilepsy and administered under a state-approved physician. Authorized on April 30, 2015, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that allowed clinical trials of CBD (cannabidiol or cannabis oil) for persons under the age of 18 suffering from severe epilepsy. The CBD must not contain any amount more than 0.3% THC and they must be derived from only mature stalks or the seeds of the cannabis plant.
The law further states that once the minors become of age, administration of the CBD should stop. Rep. Jon Echols expressed much of his discontent with this law after hearing about a child reduction is seizures and expressed the cruelty of the law once the kid will be mature. He in turn introduced House Bill 2835 (HB 2835) that would facilitate adults to access high-CBD cannabis oil and increase the eligibility of diseases to Alzheimer’s disease dementia disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Though if it will come to pass this law will be very helpful, still, it limits the number of people who could benefit from the whole plant such as people with cancer or intractable pain. With the plethora of illnesses that medical marijuana helps in, medicinal marijuana would be of great benefit and would reduce the mortality rate caused by these illnesses.
Consumption of CBD from Hemp Oil
Many people have lost hope of ever legally purchasing or using marijuana and have embarked on hemp oil that contains CBD. With most laws stringent on any form of Cannabis, including the hemp plant, the oil derived from the mature stalks and seeds is not illegal. This is pretty much the closest you can get to marijuana in Oklahoma.
Cultivation of Cannabis
For whatever reasons, recreational or medical, cultivation of cannabis is treated as a felony and attracts severe penalties depending on the quantity. If found cultivating up to 1,000 plants you face a prison sentence of 20 years to life and a maximum fine of $25,000. Any form of cultivation of any amount exceeding 1,000 plants is punishable by 20 years to life with a maximum of $50,000.
Sale, distribution and traffic of weed
By all accounts, sale or distribution of weed is a felony with incarceration that may lead to a lifetime behind bars whether it is the first time or subsequent. For charges of sale of any amount less than 25 pounds, you receive a 2 years- life term with a fine of $20,000. Sales of between 25 and 1,000 pounds, penalties will be serving a 4 years-life term and between $25,000 and $100,000. With sales of more than 1,000 pounds of weed, prison terms of 4 years to life as well as a maximum fine of $500,000 will be served.
Sale to minors or sale within 2,000 feet of schools, public housing, or public parks is considered a felony with double the penalty for both the incarceration period and the fine to be paid tagging along with a mandatory 50% minimum sentence of the imposed sentence.
Trafficking of weed, on the other hand, is considered the intent to sell or distribute weed and this majorly affects travelers of most states where weed is legal while driving through Oklahoma. When arrested, depending on the quantity, one serves full sentences as the penalty describes. Most travelers avoid the passage through Oklahoma when they have weed on them.
Drug testing in Oklahoma
It is mandatory that every employer should require a drug test as a condition for employment. Testing for “drugs and alcohol” not ruling out which drug or not, most have seen it as a loophole during the drug tests. Currently, employed workers are as well subjected to law with periodic assessments and more scrutiny given to workers with tardiness, sequential absenteeism, as well as the workers with complete negative performances.
For professionals like police or peace officers; by whom their professions allow them to carry firearms, those whose job affect public safety, people working in public hospitals and health facilities and those in correctional facilities are subjected to periodic and impromptu testing.
Detoxification from the drugs
Whenever you are expecting an interview or you are given a timeframe that you need to do a drug test (most drug tests are marijuana), you need to be certain which type of drug test you will be undergoing. Ranging from hair, saliva, to urine, though urine is the commonly used method in Oklahoma, you need to be ready by all means to pass these tests. By this, you will be able to ascertain whether a product is available in the market and if there are legal issues for buying, selling and using detoxification products.
The best way to detox is by natural means. With proper exercise and a good diet, you will achieve your detox plan within 4 to 6 months.
If you are like most people reading this article to get a quick solution, worry not. With a 3 to 6 days safe natural detoxification product, you will easily achieve minimal THC levels in your system. The detox products expedite the body’s natural cleaning process to permanently cleanse the blood off any THC.
For those people that don’t have the luxury of even a day, there are detox products that can be used to temporarily “fool” the urinary tract and bladder to produce “clean” urine for an estimated window period of almost 6 hours.
All these products are legal to use throughout the whole state of Oklahoma. So no need to worry on your next interview!
When will marijuana be legal in Oklahoma
As long as Mary Fallin serves as the governor of Oklahoma, she says she will defend the state as a marijuana free state by all means possible. Most of her neighboring states have legalized weed with Colorado allowing 21 and older to buy up to 1 ounce a time from several state dispensaries, and Denver city laws would allow over 21s smoke a blunt on their front porch, or wrap a gift of the herb to a friend.
When this magnitude of weed acceptance will be in Oklahoma or on the streets of Oklahoma City, will certainly be a great day for most marijuana users in Oklahoma. With most Oklahomans eyeing for the 2018 Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative ballot, movements in favor of marijuana have opted for state wide campaigns and mass awareness for people to be ready to vote-in medical marijuana.
Many attempts to legalize weed in Oklahoma have been put in place and seem not have any substantial outcome. From legal attempts to movements and even to the ballots, marijuana seems never to set foot in Oklahoma. Some concerns have been raised on the racial enforcement of the existing laws in Oklahoma, claiming that African Americans are 2.9 times likely to be arrested as compared to whites yet they both consume similar amounts of weed. Until we have a weed-embracing-Oklahoma, we just have to deal with it.