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Why I Am Voting NO on State Question 788 – ‘Medical’ Marijuana

In just two weeks, Oklahoma voters will go to the polls for the primary elections and, in a rare instance, a State Question. This will be the first time since 2005 that a date other than a general election has been set for an initiative. State Question 788, if passed, would legalize marijuana in Oklahoma for medical purposes.

The ballot title is as follows:

This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes. A license is required for use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician.

The State Department of Health will issue medical marijuana licenses if the application is eighteen years of older an Oklahoma resident. A special exception will be granted to an applicant under the age of eighteen, however these applications must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal […] → 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