NORMLizing Oklahoma's Pot Laws

Garret Overstreet at the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, DC
Garret Overstreet, Executive Director of Tulsa NORML

Known for having the harshest marijuana laws in the country, Oklahoma legislators are hoping to dial back penalties for pot possession. Currently, a second offense is a felony. The bill would change that to a misdemeanor.

"For something that's legal in two states (Colorado and Washington), our current laws seem a little ridiculous," says Garret Overstreet, president of Tulsa NORML. "This is at least getting the conversation started."

On Feb. 26, the House Public Safety Committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill.

In Oklahoma, a first marijuana offense can lead to a year in jail. The second offense is punishable by up to 10 years. Sale of pounds can land you in jail for life.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.