What it is:
If passed, SQ 780 would change the classification of simple drug possession crimes from felony to misdemeanor. It also would raise the dollar amount that determines whether property crimes are a felony or misdemeanor from $500 to $1,000. Anticipating fewer prison receptions for drug possession, SQ 781 would direct the cost savings from SQ 780 to a fund that would be distributed to counties to provide mental health and substance abuse services.
State Question 781, a law allocating funds from prison cost savings, is contingent upon voters approving State Question 780. Although State Question 781 would not become law if State Question 780 does not pass, SQ 780 can pass on its own and is no contingent on SQ 781.
What crimes would become misdemeanors?
Currently, possession of illegal drugs is a felony according to state law. State Question 780 would make drug possession a misdemeanor. Drug manufacturing, trafficking, and selling would still be felony offenses.
Currently, a theft or forgery of property worth over $500 dollars is considered a felony offense by state law. State Question 780 would raise that threshold to $1,000 dollars. State legislation passed in 2016 enacted reforms that included many of the changes proposed by State Question 780 to laws governing property crime.
— Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute / Ballotpedia.com