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Oklahoma Vice: Gubernatorial candidate endorses marijuana state question

Former State Senator and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Connie Johnson is endorsing State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma. 

Johnson has been a longtime supporter of medical marijuana and decriminalization.

She recently told the Ada Evening News: 

“I want to change our policies of mass incarceration behind charges of simple possession of marijuana,” Johnson said. “I think the voters have indicated they have a desire to change our policies in that regard. As a mother of the medical marijuana movement, I’m looking forward to the voters getting to vote next year on state Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana.”

In a video posted on the group Oklahomans For Health's Facebook page, Johnson says SQ 788 would create new jobs and generate new tax revenue for education in the state.  

"State Question 788 will create positive progressive change in Oklahoma," Johnson said. 

Another Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate, Joe Maldonado, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, supports the blanket legalization of marijuana. Maldonado's campaign website was nonfunctional on Tuesday for some reason. 

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