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State Question 788
(Mike Allen)

Low-hanging fruit perhaps? (Low-hanging leaf?) Just be glad I didn’t make a “Doobie Howser, M.D.” joke in this comic. I still may, however, as we have some months to talk about the now-set election for a vote on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Oklahoma if passed.

I believe there is some conventional thinking out there that the June 26 date will minimize voter numbers to potentially kill the question. Only the older, more socially conservative among us will get out to vote in the summer, right? But I think the smaller turnout could lead to a larger impact of “yes” voters. In addition, there’s reason to think the conventional wisdom on who would be voting “yes” or “no” might have changed in the past several years, as more data is available on the usefulness of medical marijuana.

So for now, I’m very interested to see how campaigning will ramp up in the next few months, and to see what the messaging will be to Oklahoma voters on both sides of the medical marijuana issue. Maybe there will be some funny quotes along the way?

— Mike Allen

(Correction: This post was updated at 12:50 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, to correct the spelling of Doobie Howser.)


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Mike Allen is a graphic designer, painter, printer and tailor. He has a fine art degree from the University of Oklahoma.