US OK: PUB LTE: Massive Policy Failure
The Oklahoman, 21 Feb 2014 - Regarding "Seeking pot legalization, hundreds gather at rally" (News, Feb. 3): Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, uses the original Prohibition to support perpetuating the sequel. The truth is that alcohol prohibition was an enormous failure on a national scale and now the failure of the sequel is even larger on an international scale. This is more than an inconvenient truth. It's a threat to law enforcement agencies whose payrolls depend in part on continuing one of the worst policy failures in American history. A sane or moral argument to continue caging responsible adults who use marijuana doesn't exist. Stan White, Dillon, Colo. - --- MAP posted-by: Matt
US OK: Lawmakers Talk Drug Penalty
Tulsa World, 17 Feb 2014 - Politicians Are Willing to Look at Alternatives to Prison Sentences. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Despite a recent pro-marijuana rally at the Oklahoma Capitol, there is little appetite in the conservative Oklahoma Legislature to join other states in legalizing cannabis, even for medicinal purposes.
US OK: Column: Maybe Actor's Death Will Lead to Sensible
The Oklahoman, 14 Feb 2014 - As a longtime fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman's work, I view the widespread reactions of grief over his death with a mixture of appreciation and dread. As a fan, I appreciate the recognition that this Oscar-winning actor's astounding talents richly deserved.
US OK: Lobbying For Marijuana
Tulsa World, 13 Feb 2014 - Patients, Others Attend Rally and Hearing OKLAHOMA CITY - Colleen Stice has a 13-monthold son who, at times, suffers hundreds of seizures a day. Her son, Rowan, was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy when he was 6 months old and hasn't gained a pound since he started taking medication, Stice said.
US OK: Seeking Pot Legalization, Hundreds Gather At Rally
The Oklahoman, 13 Feb 2014 - Hundreds of people rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday to ask the Legislature to rethink how Oklahoma regulates marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Supporters gathered for speeches in front of the Capitol, piled into conference rooms and packed the Senate gallery, voicing concerns over what many called the over-criminalization of the drug and the necessity for its use as a medicine.
US OK: Prohibition, Not Pot, Is The Problem
Oklahoma Gazette, 10 Feb 2014 - At least, so say many proponents of legalizing marijuana Keeping marijuana an illegal substance does nothing more than help drug dealers recruit children into a culture that takes advantage of them and their vulnerability, a former undercover narcotics agent said.
US OK: Column: The Trend Will Likely Continue
The Ponca City News, 09 Feb 2014 - By the time my 5-year-old daughter leaves for college, it's quite likely that marijuana use will be broadly decriminalized. Alaska has become the most recent state to move toward legalization, placing an initiative on the ballot for an August vote. If it passes, Alaska would join Washington and Colorado, which have already made recreational use legal for adults. The trend will probably continue, since 52 percent of Americans support legalization, according to the Pew Research Center. That's good news - and not because I want my daughter to indulge.
US OK: PUB LTE: Time To Stop Pointless Arrests Tax Legal
The Oklahoman, 09 Feb 2014 - Regarding "New pot laws don't reflect liberal ascendancy in U.S." (Our Views, Feb. 3): A growing majority of Americans now support marijuana legalization. This is a bipartisan issue. The punitive nanny state has proven itself to be a failure. Surely Republicans who loathe big government can see this. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The U.S. has almost double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana is legal. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. Not just in Colorado and Washington but throughout the nation, it's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.
US OK: Pot Legalization In Oklahoma Pushed After Poll Shows Support
Tulsa World, 03 Feb 2014 - During her time in office, Sen. Constance Johnson has proposed a number of bills aimed at easing Oklahoma's strict marijuana laws, and this year is no different. Senate Bill 2116, proposed by Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, would legalize a small amount of "personal use" marijuana -- up to an ounce -- as well as set up rules for the sale and growth of the product.