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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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!!
While it pains us to do so, we have made the decision to hold off on petitioning efforts for several months. There are numerous reasons for this, but chiefly, the most important is that online voter registration becomes law in November.
Since we set this schedule last year, board members have discussed the process with Election Board officials and we are shifting our current focus towards lobbying the OK state government to make this available as soon as possible, so that citizens can take advantage of it.
Online voter registration almost ensures a successful petitioning effort. Last year so many people were ready to sign, but were unable to sign immediately. As an organization we flooded the Election board with registrations, pushing the delay for registration beyond the 2 week delay, which led to many voters being disenfranchised. Not to mention, anyone who was not registered in the final 2 weeks had no hope of signing, despite the effort they put forth in finding a signature gatherer.
We do not want a repeat of this disenfranchisement. We want this to be successful and believe that waiting is in the best interest of the campaign. There are several good petition windows for our 90 day signature period. Clearly, the August to October time frame is very good. But there are other good windows and we will choose carefully! This does buy us some additional time to do fund raisers, raise awareness, and do some dry runs. We aren't slowing down. We are going to keep holding meetings, keep registering voters, and keep organizing fund raisers. Free Oklahoma is going to be even bigger on September 27th. We can't stop spreading the word about the petition and educating people about the efficacy of medical marijuana.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed House Bill 2154, authorizing a medical pilot program allowing the medically supervised use of cannabidiol (CBD), a low THC non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana. Reports from some families indicate that CBD may be used to effectively treat children who suffer from epileptic seizures and help reduce the number and intensity of those seizures.
HB 2154 was authored by Rep. Jon Echols and Sen. Brian Crain. The bill is known as “Katie and Cayman’s Law,” named after a young relative of Echols and a family-friend of Crain, both of whom suffer from seizures.
“This bill will help get sick children potentially life-changing medicine,” said Fallin. “By crafting the legislation in a way that allows for tightly controlled medical studies, we can ensure we are researching possible treatments in a responsible and scientific way.”
Fallin reiterated she remains opposed to legalizing marijuana, either for recreational or medicinal purposes.
“The CBD oil we are studying is a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana,” said Fallin. “It is not marijuana, and it is not anything that can make you ‘high.’ This law has been narrowly crafted to support highly supervised medical trials for children with debilitating seizures. It is not a first step towards legalizing marijuana, and I will never support the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma.”
Clinical trials will be overseen through a partnership with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and OU Medical Center. All other use of any marijuana or marijuana-derived product remains illegal.
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 that petitioned for medical marijuana in Oklahoma last year. While falling short of the 130,000 signatures needing to get on the ballot, the group successfully garnered about 80,000 signatures, and did it all on a budget of $45,000. The 401c4 organization plans on petitioning again in 2015, probably in the August to October timeframe. More information about Oklahomans for Health can be found at http://www.oklahomansforhealth.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oklahomansforhealth 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.
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.