(KTEN) — Oklahomans are now just 11 days away from making a decision on whether recreational marijuana will be legalized in the state for adults age 21 or older.

As the March 7 election approaches, the debate is ramping up over State Question 820 and its potential impact.

Kyle Hamilton, an employee at LivWell Med in Durant, believes this will be the year recreational marijuana will be passed into law.

“This is finally giving us an opportunity to reach a lot more patients with the medicine that can improve their daily life, as well as any type of illness, like cancer, and things like that,” he said.

If legalized, the Oklahoma Tax Commission would collect a 15 percent excise tax on sales of marijuana for recreational use.

“It will also be profitable for schools… that the tax money is supposed to be going to,” said Hamilton. “I also think that everyone that has been missing out on it or has a stigma of it can get a fresh look at it.”

However, a registered voter plans on voting in this year’s election because she wants to make sure recreational marijuana does not get passed.

“I don’t think this is what Oklahoma needs; it is not in Oklahoma’s best interest,” she said. “I will definitely be voting this time.”

If State Question 820 wins approval, the new recreational marijuana business license will only be available to those who already have a medical business license. 

The special election is set for Tuesday, March 7, but early voting will be available on Thursday, March 2…