TULSA - An Oklahoma State Senator points to a recent poll as evidence that most Oklahomans favor changing the state's marijuana laws, considered some of the toughest in the country.
A person can go to prison for 10 years for a second offense of possession; even a first conviction for selling any amount of marijuana can net a life sentence in Oklahoma.
Senator Constance Johnson points to the results of a September study by SoonerPoll that indicates Oklahomans are ready for a change.
The poll didn't ask about full legalization -- the focus of SB2116 recently introduced by Sen. Johnson -- but nearly two-thirds of Oklahomans favor decriminalization.
More than 70 percent favor making medical marijuana legal.
Some have argued that overcrowding issues in the state's prisons, and at the Tulsa County Jail, could be solved by an end to arresting marijuana users.
And Johnson says all the state's fiscal woes would be solved by legalizing, regulating, and taxing pot.
She says she's getting a lot of support from fiscally conservative Republicans, as well as Libertarians.