Is Oklahoma ready for recreational marijuana?

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The Oklahoma state flag flies at the Capitol in Oklahoma City Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (KTUL photo)

There were protests Thursday at the Oklahoma State Capitol over several bills lawmakers have written that would change medical marijuana rules.

Tulsa's Channel 8 spoke with some who said lawmakers are chipping away at the law voters approved.

Raymond Jennings, the State Patient Advocate for Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, said if it weren't for medical marijuana, he wouldn't have been able to survive cancer.

"When I started using THC oil, my tumor started shrinking, and I did a complete turnover, 180-degree turnaround, and my health and survival," he said.

There's been a lot of focus on medical marijuana in the 18 months that it's been legal. So much so, that lawmakers have filed 30 bills to help regulate it.

But how far away is the state from legalizing recreational marijuana? Jennings said not that far.

"My personal view, I think that we are probably still a year or two away from that," he said.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says the medical marijuana program was a "trainwreck" from the start.

"That Oklahoma state question was written so liberally that I don't think anybody will notice some drastic change between what people consider medical weed and recreational weed," he said.

Walton thinks if the state were to implement recreational marijuana, it would put other people's lives in danger, especially if people are driving while high.

But two petitions disagree and are trying to get the decision on the ballot soon.

"I really don't see it. I don't see the benefit of going out and having rec at this point," said Jennings. "I look at it and see, again from the standpoint of the State Patient Advocate, how is this going to help the patient? And that's what we are; we're patients."

Jennings wants to keep it medical for now.

The two petitions are seeking close to 178,000 signatures to put recreational marijuana on the ballot.