Oklahoma rejects legalization of recreational marijuana

There are now 37 states with comprehensive medical programs, while 21 states allow anyone at least 21 years old to legally possess weed.

An opposition campaign chaired by former Republican Gov. Frank Keating relied heavily on law-enforcement officials to make the case that recreational legalization would open up the state up to even more criminal behavior and endanger kids.


Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly rejected recreational marijuana legalization at the ballot on Tuesday, hitting the brakes on what’s become the country’s wildest weed market over the last five years. 

The Associated Press called the contest with roughly two thirds of precincts counted and the petition failing by a more than 20-point margin.

The rejection of the Oklahoma referendum marks the latest ballot failure for legalization advocates in recent months. Voters in Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota defeated legalization referendums in November, while voters in Maryland and Missouri approved adult-use legalization petitions.