What Do Oklahomans Have To Say About Medical Marijuana?
"I have come to doubt whether the FDA rules should apply to cannabis. There is no question about its safety. It is one of humanity's oldest medicines, used for thousands of years by millions of people with very little evidence of significant toxic effects. More is known about its adverse effects than about those of most prescription drugs." Dr. Lester Grinspoon, retired professor of psychiatry at Harvard. Recent interview with Dr. Grinspoon here.
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(Defending Patients' Access to Medical Marijuana)
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your legislators at the State Capitol to let them be aware you support legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma. Find and E-mail your legislators here. Also please consider donating to this cause. Info for doing that can be found here.
"I am going to be an activist. It is up to us to change these laws. And it is going to take money, because if we don't put in the money we aren't going to win. That is the bottom line. My medical use of marijuana never interfered with my work; I ran a successful business. I told my conservative doctor what I was doing; he did not really agree with it because of the health risk of smoking, but he witnessed my positive results. I was minding my own business taking care of my health and my family. What was I doing to anybody that got me 93 years?" By former Oklahoman Will Foster after his release from prison. He was convicted of cultivating marijuana, used for his own medical purposes.
FROM A READER: I live in Oklahoma and I have Lupus along with other medical conditions. I have been put on & taken off meds by the doctors. I would rather be on something natural that helps me live a normal life instead of evil medication doctors are paid to put you on. I'm tired of suffering and dying at the same time with no legal solution that works for me. Oklahoma needs to understand not everyone can deal with medications that are made by man. If its such a Christian state OKLAHOMA SHOULD ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO PEOPLE SUFFERING!!
Supporters of legalization of medical marijuana on Wednesday vowed to press getting the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot, despite a series of deadlines that make it nearly impossible.
On Tuesday, state officials said Oklahomans for Health had collected more than enough signatures to get the issue before voters. Supporters collected 67,761 signatures; the requirement was 65,987 signatures.
But a series of deadlines means the question likely will have to wait until June or November 2018, the next scheduled primary and general elections. The State Election Board in a May 13 letter to Gov. Mary Fallin said it needed all the ballot information by Friday in order to meet printing, testing and federal legal requirements for mailing ballots overseas. More here.
Recent polling by Oklahoman's For Health indicates that a majority of Oklahoman's would approve a medical marijuana program.
Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) April 02, 2015
A recent Oklahoma SoonerPoll found that 60% of Oklahomans support the legalization of medical marijuana in the state. "We're excited and encouraged by the overwhelming support Oklahoma voters have consistently shown for the use of cannabis as medicine," said Chip Paul, chairman of the medical marijuana advocacy group Oklahomans for Health. Most participants who were polled, in fact 60% are over 55 years old, indicating strong support for an issue that is already popular among younger voters. “Normally, when almost two thirds of our polling respondents are above age 55, we would expect to see much lower supportive numbers,” Paul said.
Oklahomans for Health also asked if Oklahoman’s would support a medical marijuana program on Indian Tribal land. A recent federal ruling allows Indian Tribes to enact marijuana legislation, similar to a state, and be legal under federal laws. Surprisingly, even with almost two thirds of the respondents over age 55, the results showed that 43% of Oklahomans would support such a program on Indian Tribal land. “I am sure this is much more support than the Oklahoma Indian tribes had when they were considering allowing gaming.” Paul added.
The organization also asked if Oklahomans would support a recreational marijuana program similar to Colorado. Polling showed that 31% of respondents would support a recreational program in Oklahoma. “A recreational marijuana program is not our issue, although we thought it beneficial to ask the question. We are about getting a robust medical marijuana program here in Oklahoma. Patients around the country are turning to cannabis to help alleviate a variety of medical conditions. It's time to give people access to the medicine they need and want," Paul said.
Oklahomans for Health is the organization currently petitioning for legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma. More information about Oklahomans for Health can be found here, or on Facebook.
ARE YOU A PATIENT WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM USING MARIJUANA AS A MEDICINE? ARE YOU A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL WHO IS AWARE OF ITS THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS? PLEASE CONTACT US NOW!! We are seeking endorsements from Oklahoma doctors, patients, and prominent organizations.
We need Oklahomans who could benefit from medical marijuana to tell their stories and/or even testify to legislators about those who are either sick or in pain and who want or need medical marijuana. All interviews will be kept private unless we have your permission to tell your story.
Please use Email here to tell your story, or phone 918-609-3095.
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From 2001, here's an interesting article on what research about marijuana has come to mean: Health Risks of Marijuana Use (James Geiwitz, Ph.D.). Its conclusions presented below
Reviews that do show health risks of marijuana are typically based on poorly-designed research, e.g., using massive doses of THC, far more than even those levels consumed by the heaviest marijuana smokers. Every study showing health risks has been discredited or refuted; cannot be replicated; or has been shown to be in error by a majority of studies on a given topic.
Apart from potential dangers from nonTHC factors in marijuana smoke, the best research shows clearly that there are no substantiated health risks associated with marijuana use. Indeed, there may well be health benefits (in addition to the proven benefits of medical marijuana), as marijuana levels of THC seem to strengthen the immune system.
Laws prohibiting marijuana on the basis of health risks cannot be justified by the research literature.
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong -- and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.
If we truly absorb this new story, we will have to change a lot more than the drug war. We will have to change ourselves.
I learned it from an extraordinary mixture of people I met on my travels. From the surviving friends of Billie Holiday, who helped me to learn how the founder of the war on drugs stalked and helped to kill her. From a Jewish doctor who was smuggled out of the Budapest ghetto as a baby, only to unlock the secrets of addiction as a grown man. From a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn who was conceived when his mother, a crack-addict, was raped by his father, an NYPD officer. From a man who was kept at the bottom of a well for two years by a torturing dictatorship, only to emerge to be elected President of Uruguay and to begin the last days of the war on drugs. More Here.