State Question 813 Was Written to Help Fix a Lot of the Problems in Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Program
As explained previously, we are waiting on notice from the Oklahoma Supreme Court as to whether State Question 813 can move forward for signatures, but in the meantime, we’re going to have a discussion about it… Well, I’m going to tell you about it.
I’ve had a lot of complaints and I know a lot of people that have had a lot of complaints about the amount of tax that patients are paying regarding their medical marijuana.
We don’t pay taxes on any other medicine with the exception of medical marijuana, and it’s an excessive tax.
Almost 17% of whatever you spend on your local medical marijuana is tax. So what’s the deal here?
State question 813 was written to help fix a lot of the problems in our Medical Marijuana Program and because there are several state questions that were filed late last year and earlier this year that proposed recreational use marijuana, it was decided when they were drafting state question 813 to fix the Medical Marijuana Program that they would add adult-use marijuana, but it’s in a very controlled format and fashion.
So with that being said, they have taken all of the tax that medical patients pay – almost 17% – and they have wiped it out completely. It states, “Oklahoma Medical marijuana sales to medical marijuana patients shall be exempt from all taxes, including, but not limited to city, state, county, municipality and excise taxes, et cetera.
Medication is not taxed within the state of Oklahoma, thus medical marijuana and medical marijuana-infused products sold to medical marijuana patients who are in possession of a medical marijuana license issued by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority shall be exempt from all taxes.”
“The state of Oklahoma cities, counties, townships, municipalities tribes, or any other local government shall not be permitted to tax any medical marijuana and/or medical marijuana-infused products or purchases. So that protects the patient.
Now you’re like, “Well, who’s going to be paying the tax?” Well, adult use would be paying the tax. Yes, it’s a 25% tax, which is less than in Illinois. Illinois charges 32% and I’ve been told that there are other States that are higher.
So with that being said, this will protect the medical marijuana patient and give them the ability to get better quality medicine with that extra 17% they’re spending currently so that they can treat whatever their ailments are. So with that being said, we will talk more very soon.