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Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward To Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 16, 2018

    Legalization in DCSenate lawmakers this week passed legislation, Senate Bill 1120, that seeks to preemptively quash many of the provisions of State Question 788 — an expansive voter initiative that provides physicians the discretion to recommend medical marijuana to those patients for whom they believe it will therapeutically benefit. Oklahomans will be voting on the measure, which NORML has endorsed, during a special election on June 26.

    But state politicians who oppose the plan do not want to wait until June for the results of a statewide vote. Instead, they are trying to kill the measure now.

    The language of Senate Bill 1120 guts State Question 788. It limits the pool of eligible patients only to those diagnosed with four distinct ailments. It arbitrarily caps the total number of licensed cannabis producers at no more than five providers. It limits the quantity of medical cannabis patients may possess, and also places undue limits on the formulations of marijuana products. It bars patients from smoking herbal cannabis and arbitrarily caps the potency of marijuana-infused products to no more than 10mgs of THC. Finally, it removes the right of patients and their caregivers to cultivate their own medicine.

    Although SB 1120 initially failed to gain the number of votes needed for Senate passage, lawmakers reconsidered the legislation on Thursday and passed it by a vote of 26 to 11. The bill now awaits action in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

    If you reside in Oklahoma, please take action here to urge your representatives to oppose this undemocratic piece of legislation. Oklahoma voters, not a handful of politicians, ought to be the ultimate arbiters of State Question 788.

    Unfortunately, as prohibitionist politicians become more desperate in their opposition to marijuana law reform, we are seeing more frequent attempts to undermine the voters’ will. In Maine, lawmakers have yet to fully implement key parts of a 2016 voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative, and are now pushing to either kill or amend many of its core provisions. In Massachusetts, lawmakers have also enacted numerous delays in the rollout of its 2016 voter-approved adult use law. In Tennessee, legislators last year passed legislation nullifying the enactment of citywide marijuana decriminalization ordinances in Nashville and Memphis, and prohibited municipalities from enacting similar marijuana reform measures in the future.

    That is why it is more important than ever that the electorate remain engaged and vigilant. Please utilize NORML’s Take Action Center to stay abreast of pending federal and state legislation, register to vote, access NORML’s 2018 Candidate Packet, and review NORML’s Congressional and Gubernatorial Scorecards to know who is standing with use — and who is acting against us.

    46 responses to “Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward To Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote”

    1. Dain Bramage says:

      Call and email this fuck:

      Senator Ervin Yen
      2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 413
      Oklahoma City, OK 73105
      (405) 521-5543
      yen@oksenate.gov

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Here’s the rest of the fucks. Suggest googling their name and district to get contact info, then call them. I could not find a roll call on the vote itself.

        OKLAHOMA SENATE MEMBERS

        President Pro Tempore
        Sen. Mike Schulz (R)

        Majority Floor Leader
        Sen. Greg Treat (R)

        Alphabetical Directory

        Mark Allen (R)
        District 4

        Randy Bass (D)
        District 32

        Micheal Bergstrom (R)
        District 1

        Stephanie Bice (R)
        District 22

        Larry Boggs (R)
        District 7

        Josh Brecheen (R)
        District 6

        Michael Brooks (D)
        District 44

        Bill Brown (R)
        District 36

        Nathan Dahm (R)
        District 33

        Julie Daniels (R)
        District 29

        Kim David (R)
        District 18

        J.J. Dossett (D)
        District 34

        Tom Dugger (R)
        District 21

        Eddie Fields (R)
        District 10

        Kay Floyd (D)
        District 46

        Jack Fry (R)
        District 42

        AJ Griffin (R)
        District 20

        David Holt (R)
        District 30

        Allison Ikley-Freeman (D)
        District 37

        Darcy Jech (R)
        District 26

        Chris Kidd (R)
        District 31

        James Leewright (R)
        District 12

        Kevin Matthews (D)
        District 11

        Greg McCortney (R)
        District 13

        Casey Murdock (R)
        District 27

        Joe Newhouse (R)
        District 25

        Lonnie Paxton (R)
        District 23

        Roland Pederson (R)
        District 19

        Dewayne Pemberton (R)
        District 9

        Anastasia Pittman (D)
        District 48

        Adam Pugh (R)
        District 41

        Marty Quinn (R)
        District 2

        Dave Rader (R)
        District 39

        Paul Rosino (R)
        District 45

        Mike Schulz (R)
        District 38

        Paul Scott (R)
        District 43

        Ron Sharp (R)
        District 17

        Wayne Shaw (R)
        District 3

        Joseph Silk (R)
        District 5

        Frank Simpson (R)
        District 14

        Jason Smalley (R)
        District 28

        John Sparks (D)
        District 16

        Rob Standridge (R)
        District 15

        Gary Stanislawski (R)
        District 35

        Anthony Sykes (R)
        District 24

        Roger Thompson (R)
        District 8

        Greg Treat (R)
        District 47

        Ervin Yen (R)
        District 40

        • Julian says:

          Here’s the roll call on the Senate vote:

          http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf/2017-18%20SUPPORT%20DOCUMENTS/votes/Senate/SB1120_VOTES.HTM

          The Aye votes reak of big pharma.

          Most important thing now is for the people of Oklahoma to click on the Action link and contact their Reps, so let’s spread the link where we can get Oklahoma’s attention.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Excellent work, Julian. Thank you. Now, with that info, here are their party affiliations:

            YEAS: 26
            Bergstrom (R)
            Floyd (D)
            Rader (R)
            Stanislawski (R)
            Boggs (R)
            Jech (R)
            Rosino (R)
            Sykes (R)
            Brecheen (R)
            Kidd (R)
            Schulz (R)
            Thompson (R)
            Daniels (R)
            Murdock (R)
            Scott (R)
            Treat (R)
            David (R)
            Pederson (R)
            Shaw (R)
            Yen (R)
            Dugger (R)
            Pemberton (R)
            Silk (R)
            Fields (R)
            Quinn (R)
            Sparks (D)

            NAYS: 11
            Brooks (D)
            Ikley-Freeman (D)
            Paxton (R)
            Simpson (R)
            Dahm (R)
            Leewright (R)
            Pugh (R)
            Smalley (R)
            Griffin (R)
            McCortney (R)
            Sharp (R)

            EXCUSED: 11
            Allen (R)
            Brown (R)
            Holt (R)
            Pittman (D)
            Bass (D)
            Dossett (D)
            Matthews (D)
            Standridge (R)
            Bice (R)
            Fry (R)
            Newhouse (R)

            So, unless I have miscounted, 48 total in Senate: 40 Republicans, 8 Democrats.

            There’s your first problem, right there: way too many fucking Republicans. Ew.

            Democrats:
            Two D’s did the right thing: Brooks, and Ikley-Freeman.
            Two D’s did the wrong thing: Floyd, and Sparks.
            Four were AWOL: Pittman, Bass, Dossett, and Matthews. Lame, Democrats, lame! Better join with The Resistance, if you know what’s good for you!

            But the Republicans are much worse. Of the 26 “Ayes”, all but two were Republican. The fucking Republicans are responsible for this travesty.

            Punish them at the ballot box, severely!

            • Eric says:

              Oklahoma: Farthest state from any US Coast or international border. This means that the information and attitudes, especially of the politicians, who traditionally seen drug law reform as a political third rail, costing anyone who appears weak on the issue their seat…and yes, they all want to keep their seats first, both R & D. Policy considerations are way down the list of priorities.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Not picking on Yen over the others. Yen came up in a comment section of another website, apparently he is one of the bad votes. He’s first here, only because I found him first.

        Then again, Yen is a doctor, and he should know better.

        And yet then again, he is a Republican. We should never be surprised when they put the cult of the GOP ahead of all other considerations.

        Republicans, or marijuana legalization. Pick one, you can’t have both.

    2. Ohio in the middle again says:

      C’mon you lazy Okie’s from the stokies get off yer arsess and VOTE for the right to live your life the way God intended.

      • Colin Penn says:

        Well it’s kind of pointless since the government controls all aspects on what we are voting for just like you see here. Elites making all the decisions for everyone just for money or they are closed minded as fuck. For all I care everything should be legal and it should be up to the person to use drugs… pisses me off we live in a shitty ass state for not just weed but for schooling, housing, police suck ass help people not make their life hell

      • Uncle Sam's Misguided Child says:

        The stokies?

        Perhaps this is what you meant?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68cbjlLFl4U

        JUst so you know, this song was done tongue-in-cheek.

    3. Jb1142 says:

      The law makers in Oklahoma remain behind the times and out of tune. Their failed due diligence will not go unnoticed. The people of Oklahoma spoke with hundred of thousands of signatures yet we are still in a dictatorship headed by Sen Yen an out of touch MD with no evidence based reasoning on keeping cannabis from the people. We need an indep investigation to possible big pharma lining these people’s pockets..only explanation other than possible ignorance.

      • OK4All says:

        There definitely needs to be an investigation on Sen. Yen. He has more than likely taken $ from big Pharma at some point in his previous career. He will be voted out but that is not justice. It should be unlawful to pre-empt a vote and make regulations on laws that are not even in existence yet.

        His personal beliefs are being put ahead of the entire state. Ive lost all hope for this state. Not a place to raise a family.

    4. Materia Medica says:

      Money,power,greed, Thats what drives their machine.
      Doctors aren’t all bad, just most interested in their bottom end first.
      Not curing a patient using something that can cost virtually nothing.
      I usually think of what the $ amount their looking for before I go to see a doc.

      I believe in the Art of medicine not the practice of medicine. ( no money in the Art. That’s been used for thousands of years.

    5. Don M says:

      There are certain things that should not be decided upon by the States and drug laws are one of them. It should be decided at the Federal level and apply to all states. That said, cannabis should be 100% legal for any adult over 21 (maybe 18 since people serve in the military at that age).

      As for other drugs, the really dangerous ones, we should be treating and helping those who are addicted or abusing them; not further ruining their lives by incarcerating them and taking away their rights.

      It just can’t be right that it is possible for every state in America to legalize cannabis while Oklahoma decides they will lock up for life if you get caught with even one gram of it.

      For that reason, I do not support States rights; at least not on this subject.

      I could say something similar regarding military grade assault weapons in that I don’t think they should be legal anywhere except in the hands of the military or law enforcement. No state should be able to allow their citizens to have them.

      • Miles says:

        Great insight Don M! I agree with you 100%.

        That said, Oklahoma is the last place in America I would ever want to live. It seems that the so-called leaders there are about as nasty as any third world dictators.

        Cannabis should be legal in all of America. Anything less greatly diminished the intent of the idea of America – The Land of the Free.

        Keeping cannabis illegal greatly diminishes our trust in our government. Most of us know they have lied to us for decades about this amazing herb.

        And now, with Trump for a president, I find that I can no longer trust anything coming out of the White House. Talk about “Sad”!

      • Dain Bramage says:

        I second Miles. Well said, Don M!

      • Gummybearu says:

        I wouldn’t say that they would lock you up for life for one gram. I got caught with distribution and I got probation. Trust me, I’ve read all about Oklahoma law. It’s off my record now upon walking a straight line for five years. It is possible in Oklahoma to get locked up for 45 years for possesion sure. Buuuut there are probably 14 other felony convictions behind such a person to receive such a prison sentence. That’s how you hear such stories like, “Damn, man! Dillon got locked up for 30 years from a scraper baggy!” That is probably strike 20 for that guy. Life for one gram…. haha

    6. Charlie mai says:

      Oklahoma will never have medical weed. Our people do not deserve it ! Our states biggest employers are tinker air Force Base (that makes cowardly bombers to drop bombs on kids and women) and private prisons. And in Oklahoma ,white assholes are pretending to be Indians to steal their money! Fuck Oklahoma and the dumb ass crackers that live here! Take your opioid pills and die! You will have weed, 2 decades AFTER Trump legalizes it ! New York states’s gun laws overrule the federal gun laws. Oklahoma will outlaw weed 20 years after the fed legalizes it. Eat your burgers ,take your pills ,fuck your cousins, and lock up black and Hispanics while your daughters have mullato kids! Oklahoma is a joke, oklahomans are the bigger joke

      • Julian says:

        Soooo… did you click on the take action link?

        Oklahoma may have white Indian Reps that have defied and lost their ancestoral medicinal roots to wealth and privilege, no doubt about it, but thats no excuse not to contact them on the link and let them know we vote.

    7. Damon D says:

      Oklahoma legalized tattoos less than 10 years ago. They are the most primative state in the USA. In actuality the rest of the US should call them out for being a narco state , cuz they (NGJC & Sinaloa) distribute meth and herione to the rest of the state while having protection under the OHP and local law enforcement. That’s why oklahoma is anti weed,cuz they want everyone buying meth and H. Duh

    8. MR.CC says:

      Just the other day I read about the upcoming OK MMJ vote, afterwards I thought to myself no way, any doctor for any reason and can grow your own, in Oklahoma, THE most prohibitionist wackbards state in north America, no way, and then guess what, I knew it, I may be as fucking stupid as an Oklahoma resident living under North Korean dictatorship but I knew it sounded too good to be true. Okies will take it up the butt and give the lawmakers what THEY want and then turn around and vote them in for another term in office, then repeat the cycle. I knew it.

    9. Nick456 says:

      Okies, should do something about SB1120. If the people do nothing then obviously the politicians will have their way and will continue to do their way in the future. Question is…are the people going to let them get away with this? What Okies do, will certainly define the State of Oklahoma.

    10. Pamela says:

      Rep Jordans HB3468 supports the state question as written and sets up a cannabis commission for regulation. Yens SB 1120 will die in the house committee because he’s lost favorand people call email everyday and double down on vote days. When 788 passes it is believed that it may supercede a bill that strays from the intention of the peoples action, otherwise law suits are being planned. Please don’t be negative Nancys, all you have to do is make calls to your reps tell them your watching for him to vote with the people THEN make sure you are reg to vote by 6/1 and vote 6/26. OK politicians will learn big on this one. I am on a search for how ethics are applied to med bills, I intend to hurt Yens reputation..oh yea, Connie Johnson for gov will cont our med canna and criminal justice reform, she will use taxes to bolster schools and promote free higher ed and healthcare. Okies are not the stereotypical backwards people that are continuously made fun of. We did this, our progress is real, people on the scene know how this ends…the people are making tremendous progress this sesh. Go vote YES to SQ 788 6/26 rather than poopooing the hard work thats been done since 2013

      • Nick456 says:

        I’ve read the whole SB1120. In my opinion, it’s not an amendment to SQ788 but a bill that totally changes the original content of SQ788.

        I’m not sure that is totally legal. I’snt an amendment done to clarify certain issue or issues? I don’t think SB1120 is an amendment but a distinct Medical Marijuana bill by itself that is totally different from SQ788. That’s pretty sneaky to pass that bill as an amendment. That only shows how devious these politicians are. Sounds to me a betrayal of the will of the people.

      • Julian says:

        Good work, Pamela. Don’t let people complain if they don’t vote and call their Reps! Put’m on the phone!

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