The Oklahoma Legislature is taking a first, tentative step towards the possible legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
A Senate Interim Study to review and analyze medical marijuana has been approved, reports Fox 25; next, the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee will decide if the issue will get a hearing.
Connie Johnson, the state senator behind the study said the study is just a first step for legislators to inform themselves about the issue. Senator Johnson said she planned to introduce a medical marijuana legalization bill in the Legislature this December.
Local attorney David Slane said a client of his was prosecuted for using marijuana medically, even though he had a note from his doctor recommending its use to treat his conditions. According to Slane, is client was prosecuted anyway, because Oklahoma doesn’t have a medical marijuana law.
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But local law enforcement — surprise, surprise! — is “against the idea,” and doesn’t mind telling a few whoppers to convince you that you oughta be against it, too.
“Quite frankly, there’s nothing to study,” sneered spokesman Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, who really should enter a Randy Quaid lookalike contest. “I mean, marijuana is not medicine,” Woodward lied.
Woodward claimed there’s “already a legal pill form of marijuana available” (Marinol), which of course has only one of the cannabinoids — THC — found in herbal cannabis, and is ineffective for many or even most medical marijuana patients. Not to mention the fact that Marinol is king-hell expensive, since it is, after all, a Big Pharma product — and you can’t grow your own.
“Doctors and researchers made Marinol available, and, and they don’t even prescribe that to patients, because there are so many other, better medicines available,” Woodward claimed. (Yeah — there’s a better medicine available, alright, if you’re talking about herbal cannabis, dumbass.)
Woodward — whose job, of course, depends on people being terrified of “illegal drugs” — claimed most people behind the push for medical marijuana “don’t need it” for health reasons.
“It’s not about health care,” Woodward lied. “It’s not about medicine. They’ve got an agenda to legalize marijuana for recreational use.”
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, seems to agree with uninformed nimrods like Woodward.
“I just cannot support legalizing marijuana in the state of Oklahoma,” Gov. Fallin said last year during an online town hall forum. “I think it has too many risks associated with other substances.”
But attorney Slane wants medical professionals to make those kinds of decisions for his clients.
“We ought to leave it up to the doctors to decide what can treat people the best, and what can’t,” Slane reasonably said.