Press Release

The Yes On 820 Campaign Asks the Supreme Court to Protect the Voting Rights of all Oklahomans.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michelle Tilley, Campaign Director
Email: | Phone: (405) 849-4343

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, the Yes On 820 Campaign asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to protect the rights of all Oklahomans to vote on State Question 820 this November. Specifically, the campaign is asking the Court to exercise its constitutional authority to approve the ballot title and ensure State Question 820 is printed on the November 2022 ballot.

“We hope the Justices will act quickly to protect the voting rights of all Oklahomans,” said Campaign Director Michelle Tilley. “In two short months, this initiative gained the support of voters in all 77 Oklahoma counties. The people of our great state expect to vote on cannabis reform this November, and we won’t stop fighting until their voices are heard at the ballot box.”

The legal action comes four days after the Oklahoma Secretary of State filed its official report concluding that State Question 820 secured over 117,000 valid voter signatures, which is 22,000 more than required by law. The campaign is asking the Supreme Court to step in due to a third-party vendor’s unprecedented slow signature count and absurd bureaucratic delays. The Yes On 820 Campaign turned in signatures on July 5th, well ahead of the deadline required by state law.

“As demonstrated in our court filing, the Oklahoma Secretary of State, the Oklahoma State Election Board, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court have the clear legal authority to set State Question 820 on the November 2022 ballot,” said Senior Campaign Advisor Ryan Kiesel. “We are optimistic our arguments and recent precedent will persuade a majority of the Court to act to ensure Oklahomans decide this important ballot question this November.”

The Oklahoma Supreme Court would not be alone in exercising this authority to ensure that voters are able to vote on cannabis reform this November. Earlier this year, the Arkansas State Supreme Court ordered their legalization initiative be placed on the November ballot.

“The overwhelming number of signatures we received demonstrates that Oklahomans are ready to vote on commonsense cannabis reform and, once approved, reap the enormous tax and economic benefits,” said Campaign Director Michelle Tilley. “Unfortunately, if the Court doesn’t act and our initiative is delayed, the state will lose out on millions of dollars in new revenue at a time when our state desperately needs investment. So, let the people vote!”

If approved by voters, State Question 820 will safely legalize, regulate, and tax recreational marijuana for adults 21+ in Oklahoma. It will generate much-needed state revenue for essential priorities, including schools, health care, and local governments. Finally, State Question 820 will responsibly and comprehensively regulate the industry to protect public health and safety.