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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

Eric Holder: Still A Nation of Cowards

Last week at the University of Virginia, Attorney General Eric Holder had what The Daily Caller labeled a “friendly interview” and was asked if he would take back his 2009 remark that Americans are a “nation of cowards” on racial issues. “I would not take that back,” he replied.

In 2009 he spoke to his agency employees at an event celebrating Black History Month and said, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we – I believe continue to be, in many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment, and at worst, the questioning of one’s character.”

In the interview last week he outlined his agenda for using his legal clout to equalize outcome for blacks.

The Daily Caller – During his tenure, Holder has greatly expanded the range of race-related lawsuits […] → Keep reading

Marijuana Legalization: Don’t Be Stupid

Today, April 20, is what marijuana users call 420 day and it is embraced by pot smokers as “weed day” each year. Classy. The origin of the name supposedly goes back to the 1970s when a police code for marijuana use was 420.

For years, there’s been a call to legalize marijuana use and it’s been mentioned in the presidential campaign this year. Ron Paul has advocated decriminalizing it at the federal level. But, there’s plenty of reasons to keep it illegal.

The Prevention Resources & Information on Drug Education company has a informative list of reasons to not legalize marijuana. 1. Marijuana legalization would bring increased marijuana use, especially by children. – Legalization of any illicit drug increases its availability. Increased availability results in increased use, lower risk of transport, and lower costs of that drug. Children are especially vulnerable to low prices and increased availability of any drug. Many children now think marijuana cannot hurt them because it […] → Keep reading