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Oklahoma State Questions

Here is a summary of the State Questions on the Oklahoma ballot and my brief take on each.


This measure adds a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution, Section 9A of Article 2. The new Section deals with the death penalty. The Section establishes State constitutional mandates relating to the death penalty and methods of execution. Under these constitutional requirements:

The Legislature is expressly empowered to designate any method of execution not prohibited by the United States Constitution. Death sentences shall not be reduced because a method of execution is ruled to be invalid. When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method, and The imposition of a death penalty under Oklahoma law —as distinguished from a method of execution—shall not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment […] → Keep reading

Legalizing Marijuana: Not A Social Advance To Be Celebrated

I’ve been surprised of late at how much of the country seems to be in favor of legalizing marijuana. With some states already passing various forms of legislation making pot legal, most states still outlaw its use and the federal law against it is still intact. Even here in Oklahoma there seems to be a sizable number of residents who think marijuana should be legalized. The conservative, church-raised, non-smoking, non-drinking, drug-free person in me wants to believe that it is only druggies and reprobates wanting to get high on weed, but I am well aware of the libertarian viewpoint that says drug use is a matter of personal choice and that the government should have no say in the matter. It’s a victimless crime, they all say. It’s none of the government’s business what people put in their bodies, they tell us. I will concede that, as more states gradually make marijuana legal, the odds continue to increase that it […] → Keep reading