With the upcoming vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Oklahoma Farm Bureau members stand strongly opposed with strict policy on the subject.
State Question 820 will appear on ballots Tuesday, March 7, and OKFB has created a number of resources for members to use in conversation and on social media platforms to encourage a “no” vote on the state question.
- SQ 820 will negatively impact rural residents
- The current marijuana industry has taken a toll on rural Oklahomans by increasing access to and availability of marijuana
- SQ 820 would permit marijuana use around children under the age of 12 – an age where children are highly impressionable and at a critical time in their growth and development
- SQ 820 would make it easier for children to get their hands on appealing forms of marijuana like gummies and edibles
- SQ 820 does not limit THC content in marijuana products, posing an increased risk for children who might accidentally consume a product
- SQ 820 will negatively impact rural communities
- Increased marijuana use will place a burden on the already-strained rural healthcare and rural law enforcement systems
- The growth of the marijuana industry has already brought out-of-state companies and foreign nationals to set up shop in rural Oklahoma
- Many marijuana grow facilities have been linked to foreign organized crime syndicates
- SQ 820 would invite more unwelcome activity into small-town Oklahoma
- SQ 820 will negatively impact agriculture
- Growing Oklahoma’s marijuana industry makes it harder for farmers and ranchers to produce food, fiber and fuel
- Increasing the number of marijuana grow operations ties up valuable Oklahoma farmland
- Marijuana grow facilities inhibit farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to apply herbicides in a timely manner, reducing yields and getting in the way of land stewardship efforts
- Fly-by-night marijuana grow operators are often unwilling to work with farmers and ranchers as they work to grow the food that Oklahomans need
- Oklahoma’s marijuana industry has already strained rural infrastructure, as grow facilities require large amounts of water and many kilowatt-hours of electricity
SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES
Below are several graphics for use on social media, including a profile photo and several graphics suitable for posting.
View a fact sheet on the state question and the full ballot language from the Oklahoma Policy Institute.