US OK: Petition Falls Short Of Vital Signatures For Medical
The Oklahoman, 22 Aug 2014 - Backers of a medical marijuana initiative collected only about half the signatures needed to put the issue before voters, the Oklahoma secretary of state's office said Thursday. A total of 75,384 signatures were collected, but more than 155,216 were needed to put it on the Nov. 4 ballot.
US OK: OPED: Cannabis Policy Puts Citizens In Crosshairs
Tulsa World, 10 Aug 2014 - As a longtime practicing attorney engaged in criminal defense, I have handled hundreds of marijuana-related cases in city, state and federal courts throughout Oklahoma, and nationally. I have witnessed the damaging effects to individual liberty and a multitude of barriers to legitimate employment from its classification as a Schedule I controlled substance.
US OK: OPED: Legalizing Would Create Public Hazard
Tulsa World, 10 Aug 2014 - Many believe that reform to drug laws is appropriate, and I welcome that debate. I believe we need to continue to explore evidence-based prevention, access to treatment, and alternatives to incarceration. But substance abuse is a public health issue, as well as a criminal justice problem. I do not believe that legalization of marijuana solves the issues raised in the debate on drug policy. We must consider the public health problems associated with increased availability of marijuana. A review of some of the facts cited by the Office of National Drug Control Policy is important for people to consider before they decide this issue.
US OK: LTE: Pot Perils
Tulsa World, 06 Aug 2014 - "Hey, Jane." "Yes, Dick?" "Now that Oklahoma has legalized marijuana, let's go watch mother and father get high. Just think, Jane, in a few years we can join them and it will be a family thing." "Gee, Dick, what a wonderful world."
US OK: Marijuana Petition In Pryor
Pryor Daily Times, 31 Jul 2014 - Pryor Times - Prohibition does not work. This is the mantra of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Prohibition, which is circulating a petition to decriminalize medical marijuana. The organization assisted another advocacy group who set up a petition table in Pryor last weekend.
US OK: Editorial: Senate Runoff May Show How Voters Feel About
The Oklahoman, 21 Jul 2014 - STATE Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, hopes to become Oklahoma's next U.S. senator even as she's hitched her political wagon to the cause of marijuana legalization. We'll soon know if Johnson's fellow Democrats believe marijuana is the path to renewed electoral success in Oklahoma. Supporters have begun gathering signatures to place the proposed State Question 773 on the ballot. The measure would legalize possession of one ounce of marijuana for personal use and legalize possession of three ounces for "medical" use.
US OK: Push For Medical Marijuana Reaches Ardmore
The Daily Ardmoreite, 15 Jul 2014 - The establishment of a petition-signing effort for the legalization of medical marijuana has produced a buzz around Ardmore ... both good and bad. Oklahomans for Health began gathering signatures for the petition Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Ardmore Public Library. While several hundred have taken the time to sign the petition, other residents have been concerned about the group's right to have the petition on city property.
US OK: Group Says Police Are Hampering Petition
The Oklahoman, 20 Jun 2014 - TULSA - Supporters of an initiative petition to put a medical marijuana state question to a November vote said Thursday they are experiencing increased interference from authorities statewide. The Tulsa World reported Tuesday allegations by Chip Paul, chairman of Oklahomans for Health, that Tulsa police disrupted petition-circulation efforts at locations that were predisclosed online four times last week.
US OK: LTE: Miracle Cure
Tulsa World, 20 Jun 2014 - I have a hard time believing marijuana is a miracle cure. It has been around for centuries and a better case has been made for it being illegal. It might well be a more convenient and cheaper way to relieve pain, just like alcohol and opiates. But is this a reason to legalize marijuana?