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Officials say SQ 820 vote was mandate for tougher regulation of medical marijuana in Oklahoma

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Dale Denwalt

In the lead-up to the recreational marijuana vote, one of Mike Dobrinski's biggest worries was that it would pass by a narrow margin.

But when Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly rejected State Question 820 on Tuesday, the state representative breathed a sigh of relief. The morning after, he described a similar mood among his colleagues inside the Capitol. In their eyes, there was no equivocation.

"I certainly feel like it was a vote affirming the changes that we have made, and expecting us to continue to limit what we have now," said Dobrinski, R-Kingfisher. "It definitely was a mandate against any expansion."

The state question failed in every one of Oklahoma's 77 counties. Statewide, over 61% of vot