Drive to legalize marijuana

On May 14, Oklahomans for Health kicked off their effort to collect the signatures of 65,987 registered voters to allow for a change to state statutes to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma.

Organizers claim marijuana treatment has been successfully used to mitigate conditions including cancer, epilepsy, arthritis, chronic pain, glaucoma, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer’s, asthma, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The Oklahoma Legislature took steps to allow the legalized the use of prescription cannabinoid oil for patients who suffer from epileptic seizures.

As of now, 24 states and the District of Columbia allow the legal use of marijuana under the care of a medical doctor.

If State Question 788 is passed, a doctor can issue a license to a patient for the possession of marijuana for medical treatment. If the patient is a minor, it will require licensing by two medical doctors.

“If you decide this change to allow doctors to make health care decisions is better than leaving it up to politicians and bureaucrats, please sign this petition within the next 90 days and vote yes in November,” said former State Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who is one of the Democrats promoting legalization.