OK Governor Calls For Harsher Penalties, Random Student Drug Testing

Governor Frank Keating last month announced two anti-drug initiatives that include random student drug testing and even stiffer penalties for marijuana cultivation and trafficking.
Keating said school districts that decide to implement drug screening programs would receive “financial incentives” for the greatest reductions in student substance abuse. The governor’s plan would also call for family involvement in treatment and counseling.
“We require vision testing for children who might have trouble seeing the blackboard,” Keating said. “I don’t think it is unreasonable to test them for substances that can kill them before they reach the age of 18.”
Further, Keating said the state should be given the right to terminate parental rights when children are found living in “drug dens,” where drugs are produced or sold.
The initiative also calls for increased drug courts, a year-long suspended driver’s license for all drug convictions and vehicle seizure if offenders fail to complete mandated substance abuse treatment.
A second conviction for marijuana cultivation would be considered a “deadly sin” crime which requires inmates to serve 85 percent of their sentence. Cultivation of marijuana in Oklahoma carries a sentence from two years to life in prison and $20,000 in fines.
“Oklahoma regrettably treats drug offenders more harshly than any other state in the union,” said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. “Governor Keating, a former FBI agent, apparently knows no limitations.”
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director at (202) 483-8751.