Kevin Stitt on Drugs



We have deactivated over 800 illegal marijuana farms

Protecting Oklahomans means fully funding our law enforcement. When we back the blue, we are creating safer communities, safer schools, and a safer Oklahoma. This also extends to combating drug and human trafficking and cracking down on illegal marijuana operations in our state. We have deactivated over 800 illegal marijuana farms, completed 165 arrests, and seized over 600,000 pounds of illegal marijuana.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Oklahoma legislature , Feb 6, 2023

Voters for medical marijuana were sold a bill of goods

When Oklahomans voted for Medical Marijuana, they were sold a bill of goods. The state question was misleading, and it has tied our hands as we regulate the industry. Because of that state question, Oklahoma charges just $2500 for a commercial license. As a result, we have 7 times the growers than California with just 10% of the people. Next door in Arkansas, they have 8 growers. We have 8,300. You know as well as I do that not all of that product is being sold legally.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Oklahoma legislature , Feb 7, 2022

Vetoed expansion of state medical marijuana program

Tulsa World analysis: House Bill 3228, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, would have allowed medical cannabis patients to receive deliveries from dispensaries within a 10-mile radius or--for rural residents--a dispensary in their county. It also would have barred the Oklahoma State Department of Health from sharing patient and caregiver records with other state agencies or political subdivisions, including law enforcement, without a court order.

Veto message by Governor Kevin Stitt: HB 3228 is a lengthy bill that alters Oklahoma's medical marijuana program. The language in the bill makes substantial policy changes to the medical marijuana program that were not fully scrutinized through normal legislative procedures before the bill was received by my office in the middle of the night Saturday.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 38-5-4 on May/15/20; Passed House 67-11-22 on May/15/20; Vetoed by Gov. Stitt on May/21/20

Source: Tulsa World on Oklahoma voting record HB3228 , May 21, 2020

Help non-violent offenders: identify roots of addiction

We are number one in the nation for incarceration. To move the needle, it will require us to change the way we see the person who is in a cycle of incarceration for non-violent crimes.

It is why my budget requests: $1.5 million to Women in Recovery, a public-private partnership to help women identify the roots of their addictions and develop life skills, and $10 million to the County Community Safety Investment Fund

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Oklahoma legislature , Feb 4, 2019

Supports legalizing medical marijuana if strictly medicinal

Republican gubernatorial candidates mostly avoided taking a clear stance on whether they will support a question legalizing medical marijuana. In an interview, Kevin Stitt, running for the GOP nomination, said, "If a doctor's going to prescribe it for legitimate purposes, I'd be supportive of that. What I'm concerned about with the bill - and I've talked to some of the physician groups - the way it's written it looks a little broad, and it looks a little too much like recreational use to me.
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race , Jan 8, 2018

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vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
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vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
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MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
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