Medical Marijuana Day in Oklahoma - 2/17/10
Many thanks to all the fine people who turned
out to the State Capitol to personally lobby their legislators to
legalize medical marijuana for Oklahoma. As a result, we found that there is, indeed,
support among a number of state legislators for legalizing medical
marijuana while a number of them are against or hold no position.
So the campaign is not over. Please continue to show your support
and help find new support for this cause. It's time to place
politics before patients and get on the side of 21st century
findings in cannabis medical science research.
"I Walked Into an Ambush!"
See what happened
when a lady desiring to be a legal medical marijuana patient
visited a state senator's office during Medical Marijuana Day. It
can be seen here:
SB 573 - The Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma
In 2011, major progress was made to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma at the State Capitol through the introduction of SB 573 before stalling. The Oklahoma State Legislature will soon resume for 2012. Now is the time to write your state senator at the Oklahoma State Capitol, asking him or her to give support to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma by becoming a co-sponsor for Senate Bill 573. Find info needed to contact your State Senator at the bottom right corner of this page.
This bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services where it must first be granted a hearing before it can further advance. Please also write to Senator Brian A. Crain, chairman of this committee, asking him to please set a hearing date for it. The text to SB 573 can be viewed here.
These Top Anti-Drug Proponents Change Their Minds, Now Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana:
Dr. Donald Tashkin, anti marijuana researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. David E. Krahl, Ph.D., former Deputy Director of the Drug Free America Foundation
John J. Dilulio, Jr., co-author - How to Win America's War Against Crime and Drugs
New California Studies Show Marijuana Effective for Relieving Chronic Pain and Easing Muscle Spasms
U. S. Government Owns Patent on Medical Marijuana
"Marijuana is Medicine" Forum Held in Edmond.
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.
The late Dr. Morton Skorodin, of Stillwater, discussed for a lay audience the scientific background regarding benefits, risks and side effects of cannabis. Bill Humphries, R. N., who specializes as a hospice nurse, discussed the clinical condition for which its use is indicated. He also discussed some of the legal intricacies involved. In at least 15 states it is legal, but not in Oklahoma.
Some of the scientific findings are amazing, and it seems likely that cannabis and its derivatives will be used extensively as medicine in the future. It has been used since Bible times for symptoms such as nausea and pain. Many people are aware that cancer patients use it to relieve nausea from chemotherapy. What was really surprising was to learn that it actually can fight cancer itself, as has been shown in lab animals with a wide variety of cancer types. In Spain they put the major compound, THC, in the actual brain tumors of people with the highly malignant glioblastoma.
Another recent finding is that cannabis blocks the same enzyme that standard Alzheimer's drugs do, but more efficiently. In the next few years, we may find out that those aging hippies unknowingly protected themselves from dementia by smoking pot. There are many other illnesses for which cannabis may be helpful. Although remarkably safe as medications go, with no reported fatalities, smoking it promotes chronic bronchitis and it can be habit-forming. Smoking it can be avoided, though, by using it with a vaporizer, as tea, or used in food, such as brownies. Not to be forgotten, the drug war vastly increases the danger of cannabis. It is illegal under federal law even where specifically legal for medical use under state law.
FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Federal law prohibits any use of marijuana, but
Arizona, Maine, Vermont, Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana,
Nevada, Oregon, New Jersey, Washington, New Mexico, Michigan,
Rhode Island and DC allow it to be grown and used for medicinal
Legal medical marijuana is NOT available in Oklahoma. Sick Oklahomans need your help to allow them to seek medical marijuana treatment. It has been found to aid those suffering from chronic pain, glaucoma, neurologic disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, AIDS-wasting syndrome, and nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy.
Doctors and patients in 16 states and DC can freely decide if marijuana is the best medicine. Unfortunately in Oklahoma, citizens who need marijuana are treated like common criminals. They are locked up in our very overcrowded prisons and then we have to pay for their medical care. Our law provides no defense based on medical necessity. How that added misjustice came about might be explained by this story.