Oklahoma Compassionate Care Campaign is seeking endorsements from Oklahomans for medical marijuana. Please go here for more info. Oklahomans Voice Their Experiences With 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.
Safe Access Now
(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.
Word is out about the benefits of high-CBD medical cannabis. Dr. Sanjay Gupta featured the strain Charlotte’s Web on the CNN documentary Weed, and suddenly legislators who had never supported medical cannabis before are coming around. Well, sort of. In Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Utah, bills have been introduced to allow just this one type of cannabis—renamed Alepsia to make it more palatable to marijuana foes—to be used to help children with epilepsy. As great as it is to see support for this valuable medication come from unexpected places (Utah?!), let’s not forget that Charlotte’s Web is not the only strain of high-CBD cannabis out there. There’s no reason to start a frenzy over this one strain when so many others can help stop seizures. Cont. 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. Video here. Read of 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.
In 2004, we started Oklahoma Compassionate Care Campaign for medical marijuana. Since then, many brave Oklahomans have endorsed the campaign and some have offered to get more involved. Well, that time has finally arrived and we are going to start filming interviews for our documentary "Oklahoma Marijuana Medicine." We will be focusing on Oklahomans with legitimate medical issues, medical professionals and, of course, politicians.
The documentary (full length and segments) will be distributed as widely as possible around the Internet and other media. We will have a special focus on accessing free public service time around the state and border areas. Oklahomans need to know that there are people all around them that want the law to change. All ya'll please contact us if you want to participate in this project (i.e. research, be interviewed, and/or organizing showings). "The marijuana laws are based on prejudice, greed and fairy tales. Reality is that the laws are the real problem." Jeff Pickens, President, DPRNOK
On April 19, 2009, we had an opportunity to learn about the medical aspects of marijuana (cannabis) at a pubic meeting in Edmond sponsored by the Drug Policy Forum of Oklahoma. Two health care professionals gave informative talks and two potential candidates for medical use (if it were legal) discussed their points of view. More 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.
Please use this online form to tell your story, or phone 918-609-3095.
Mail to: DPRNOK, P O BOX 10641, Midwest City, OK 73140
Please call your OK senator and representative and tell them to sponsor, or support, the Oklahoma Compassionate Care Medical Marijuana bill. Find and e-mail your state legislators here, or off the Internet at the Oklahoma Election Board (405)521-2391, or contact your county election board.
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Annual DPRNOK Meeting Held
On Jan. 11, 2014, the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma met at the Gypsy Coffee House in downtown Tulsa.
The coffee shop was a great place to meet. We really appreciate the comfortable seating and great service.
This was the most productive first meeting we've had in years!
In open discussion members and guests discussed a wide range of drug policy reform (i.e. medical marijuana campaign, ballot initiatives, government allies, event booths and helping the Arkansas Medical Marijuana movement).
Coming from a state where a family man, Will Foster, was initially sentenced to prison for 93 years and fined $65,000 after growing marijuana to treat his rheumatoid arthritis pain, the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma (DPRNOK) is a group of concerned citizens seeking to open up for discussion alternatives to current drug policy.
We believe that the attempt to use the criminal justice system to discourage drug abuse or the so called "war on drugs" has backfired. It simply does not work, and the unintended consequences are now causing more damage to society than the drugs themselves could ever have caused. For too long this critical issue has been obscured by myth, misinformation and an absence of intelligent debate.
Our intent is that the information made available will increase the level and quality of the debate so that citizens may be in better positions to affect change toward a sane drug policy.
Changes in drug policy that DPRNOK believes to be desirable can be found below under our mission statement. Also DPRNOK calls for a Drug War Truce with Peace Negotiations. It also sponsors the Oklahoma Compassionate Care Campaign as highlighted on the left.
The DPRNOK Mission
LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES ON THE WAR ON DRUGS:
"Take it from a businessman: The War on Drugs is just money down the drain."
Gary E. Johnson, Governor of New Mexico (1995-2003)
"Penalties for the possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individial than the use of the drug itself."
Jimmy Carter, 39th U. S. President
"We need at least to consider and examine forms of controlled legalization of drugs."
George Shultz, Former U. S. Secretary of State
"Can any policy, however high minded, be moral if it leads to widespread corruption, imprisons so many, has so racist an effect, destroys our inner cities, wreaks havoc on misguided and vulnerable individuals and brings death and destruction to foreign countries?"
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize Winner, Economics
"Eighty-five million Americans have experimented with illegal drugs. Since the object of criminal law is to detect and punish the wrongdoer, should we reason that 85 million of us should have spend time in jail?"
William F. Buckley, Jr., Founder, National Review
|How One Medical Doctor Views the Political Insanity Over Marijuana and Other Drug Use While Offering Suggestions for Changes in Public Policy|
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|Meet Carl Hart, the Neuroscientist Debunking America's Myths on Drugs Here
Drug War Clock
DPRNOK - Working For Drug Peace, Not Drug War