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  1. US OK: DOJ Decision Creates Hazy Situation For Casino Weed Sale
    The Ada Evening News, 14 Dec 2014 - It may be awhile before Oklahomans will be able to light a joint while playing slots. The Department of Justice ruled Thursday that Indian tribes could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, but the ramifications of this action remain a mystery.
  2. US OK: Tribes May Reconsider Pot Laws
    Tulsa World, 13 Dec 2014 - A Justice Department Memo Says New Policy Is Nonenforcement. Despite a U.S. Department of Justice memo this week indicating Indian governments could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, officials said don't expect a thriving, legal pot industry anytime soon in Oklahoma.
  3. US OK: DOJ Decision Creates Hazy Situation For Casino Weed Sale
    Chickasha Express-Star, 12 Dec 2014 - It may be awhile before Oklahomans will be able to light a joint while playing slots. The Department of Justice ruled Thursday that Indian tribes could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, but the ramifications of this action remain a mystery.
  4. US OK: Column: Testing For Pot
    Tulsa World, 07 Dec 2014 - The Next Great Roadside Attraction THE AMERICAN VOICES website recently requested reader comment about a portable Breathalyzer test that soon will be available to help police identify drivers impaired by marijuana. Here's how self-described scarf knitter Angela Dixon responded:
  5. US OK: Emerging Cannabis Oil Market Eyed
    Albuquerque Journal, 10 Nov 2014 - E-Cig Company Sees Great Opportunity OKLAHOMA CITY - As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise.
  6. US OK: Tulsa Firm Wants To Sell Marijuana E-Cigarettes
    Tulsa World, 10 Nov 2014 - (AP) - As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado.
  7. US OK: PUB LTE: Decriminalize Pot
    The Oklahoman, 19 Oct 2014 - "Considerable downside to decriminalization of pot" (Our Views, Oct. 13) criticized state Sen. Connie Johnson for advocating decriminalizing marijuana use. Yet any thinking person has to recognize the wisdom of Johnson's position. Pot shouldn't be categorized as a Schedule I drug. It's not addictive like opiates or amphetamines. Despite the claims of law enforcement officials, it's not a "gateway drug." Enforcement of laws against marijuana possession, use and sale result in racial inequities in arrest and prosecution of perpetrators. A New York Times editorial on Oct. 11 noted that an equal percentage of blacks and whites use illegal drugs, but blacks are arrested three times as often. A Seattle study found that 16 percent of observed drug dealers of the five most dangerous drugs were black, but they represented 64 percent of arrests for dealing those drugs.
  8. US OK: Editorial: Considerable Downside to Decriminalization
    The Oklahoman, 13 Oct 2014 - MARIJUANA legalization was highlighted in a recent debate between Oklahoma candidates for a U.S. Senate seat. This issue continues to bubble up in political discussions, so it's important that associated policy decisions be based on facts. Research continues to identify significant consequences to recreational marijuana use. The Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, state Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City, supports decriminalizing marijuana use. She defended that stance in the debate. Her opponent, U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, isn't a fan of that idea.
  9. US OK: Editorial: War Far From Over in Fight Against Meth Use
    The Oklahoman, 29 Sep 2014 - WHEN government closes a window, the market opens a door. Sadly, this describes the methamphetamine problem in Oklahoma. This state has been a national leader in the meth manufacturing crackdown, finding ways to restrict the purchase of ingredients used to cook meth. But as fewer meth "labs" are being found and shut down by state authorities, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.


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