Three major agriculture groups speak out against legalizing marijuana in OklahomaPosted by On

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Three Oklahoma agriculture groups bonded together Wednesday to speak out against legalizing recreational marijuana across the state.

Oklahoma voters will head to the polls March 7 to cast their ballot on the issue. Members of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association and American Farmers and Ranchers said State Question 820 will only heighten farming hardships for Oklahomans.

“We should not make farming harder as our farmers and ranchers work diligently to grow food that we need here in Oklahoma,” said Scott Bluebaugh, American Farmers and Ranchers president.

The group, which represents 60,000 family farms, ranchers and rural citizens said the agriculture business has already suffered with the passing of medical marijuana.

“Marijuana grow facilities require a large amount of water and electricity,” said Bluebaugh. “Our rural infrastructure is strained, trying to keep up with these facilities.”

Another concern the group expressed was the increase in crime associated with illegal rural growing facilities.

“I can relate to that,” said Byron Yeoman, president of Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association. “Ten miles from where I live there were four Chinese nationals murdered at an illegal grow house.”

Michelle Tilley is the campaign director for “Yes on 820”.

“There are a few bad actors out there…

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