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)
U. S. Supreme Court Declines Reviewing Police Ordered Return of Medical Marijuana. Details here.
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!!
Testimony about the medical value of marijuana was presented to a state senate committee on Feb. 12th at the state capitol by concerned parents, a medical marijuana grower and a doctor. More on this here.
Supporters of medical marijuana labelled the day as Medical Marijuana Lobby Day. The subject discussed had nothing to do with smoking, and it is not a substance people would use to get high. The product discussed is an oil very low in THC - the psychotropic compound of cannabis that produces its notorious "high."Instead, the product is produced from cannabis plants specifically bred for a high level of cannabidiol - a compound with a calming effect on the brain. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has itself held a patent on cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants since 2003. Continued here.
November 2, 2013 was an amazing, historical day for the Oklahoma medical marijuana movement. No seminar for medical marijuana had ever been presented inside the State Capitol.In one epileptic patient's instance, it was revealed that only a marijuana strain high in CBD and very low in THC worked well. The unedited audio of the entire seminar, nearly three hours long, can be heard here. The text news story here. Read a visitor's impression of the event here. - IT'S OK TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO CARE.
Find who your legislators are to contact on medical marijuana here.
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.
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The gist of the proposition is it amends the state constitution and allows for the classification of marijuana as a herbal drug regulated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and permits the use of marijuana, under a physician's signature, for certain medical conditions including cancer, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, MS, and other conditions. It allows for the sale of marijuana to licensed patients by licensed dispensaries, it allows for the growth of marijuana for sale to licensed dispensaries by licensed growers. It permits licensed and unlicensed patients to assert medical reasons for using marijuana as a defense to any prosecution involving marijuana.
This measure adds to the Oklahoma Constitution. Currently, marijuana is an illegal drug. The measure legalizes the licensed use, sale and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma. Such legalized action may nonetheless violate federal law. No prescription is required for use. Rather, the State Department of Health must issue medical marijuana licenses allowing limited possession if:
-the applicant is 18 or over;
-the applicant is an Oklahoma resident; and
-an Oklahoma board-certified physician signs the application, certifying the applicant has a qualifying condition.
The measure lists 37 qualifying medical conditions, ranging from cancer to insomnia, and permits additional conditions. User licenses are lifetime licenses, regardless of the continuing existence of the condition. The Department also issues seller, grower, packaging, transportation and caregiver licenses. Sellers, whether individuals or retail businesses, must meet minimal requirements to be licensed to sell marijuana to licensees. Among other requirements, sellers must be 25 or over;
. have a business plan;
. be registered to conduct business in Oklahoma; and
. show ability to invest $100,000
The punishment for unlicensed possession of permitted amounts of marijuana by persons stating they have a qualifying medical condition is a fine not exceeding $400.00.
Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months.
That was the middle of March, when Haleigh's brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh's organs.
"She was maxed out," Cox said. "She'd quit breathing several times a day, and the doctors blamed it on the seizure medications."
Cox had heard that a form of medical marijuana might help, but it wasn't available in central Georgia. So a week after hearing the ominous diagnosis, she and Haleigh packed up and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, Haleigh began a regimen of cannabis oil: four times a day and once at night. By summer, she was down to just a handful of seizures a day. In less than three months, doctors were able to wean her off Depakote, a powerful medication that had been damaging her liver. Haleigh had never been able to walk or talk. But freed from seizures in Colorado, "She said 'Mama' for the first time," Cox said. "She's playing with puzzles; she's walking. She's almost being a normal child." Despite all the good news, Cox is living in limbo. Her husband, a paramedic, couldn't afford to leave his job and pension; he still lives and works in Forsyth, Georgia. The family is relying on charity to keep their Colorado apartment for the next few months; beyond that, the future is uncertain.
A bill being introduced Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives could be Cox's ticket home. The three-page bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act -- the federal law that criminalizes marijuana -- to exempt plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high. More here.