A bill easing penalties for possession of marijuana in Oklahoma passed the House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday 14-0.
Garret Overstreet is a member of the Tulsa National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and says this is a good first step.
"It still has to go through a whole list of processes," Overstreet says. "This is at least getting the conversation started."
Currently, a second possession offense in the state will land the suspect a felony charge and two to 10 years in jail. The bill would reduce a second offense from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Overstreet says the current laws are too harsh.
"For something that is legal in two states, are current laws seem a little ridiculous," Overstreet says. "Especially, when we have our prisons completely filled up."
Others believe the current marijuana laws are just fine. One person commented on the need to make the laws have more teeth.
"We need to get that stuff off the streets and away from our kids," one Facebook woman says. "I don't think marijuana laws are strong enough."
This wasn't the only marijuana bill voted on this week in Oklahoma. A bill was voted down on Monday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
SB710 would have legalized medical marijuana in the state. The bill was voted down 6-2.
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