Senator Ervin Yen, district 40, has penned a so-called medical marijuana bill that includes strict qualifying conditions which would neglect far too many patients who desperately need it to restore and improve their quality of life.
There has been criticism from the opposition regarding the no qualifying conditions of SQ788 and that it is a recreational bill in disguise.
The language in SQ788 clearly states that a doctor must recommend cannabis to a patient. Then, the patient will have to obtain a medical cannabis card and that card will be required to obtain the cannabis. A “casual use” bill this is NOT.
There are no qualifying conditions because, as with other medications, treatments, and supplements, doctors and patients will determine the best form of treatment for the patient’s health – not politicians. Yen’s bill does not even allow for PTSD that so many of our veterans are suffering from.
Qualifying conditions also neglect people like Shelly Garrison McMillan who suffers from Interstitial Cystitis (IC).
She explains, “This is why Medical marijuana works for IC, we have cannabinoid receptors inside the bladder. Over a dozen patients have committed suicide in the past year from lack of pain control. Medical marijuana can bring remission if you get the FECO (full extract cannabis oil) or raw juice. The best relief I have had since 1997 was the cookies in Colorado. I have hopes of getting to remission once I can go on the FECO oil.”
In other states with qualifying conditions, IC is not included. She could possibly obtain a recommendation (prescription) based on intractable pain but would be under scrutiny for refusing to take other medications with dangerous side effects or electing expensive, invasive surgery. She stresses, “The no qualifying conditions in SQ788 is crucial to patients with rare diseases. Most nurses I speak to have never even heard of IC.”
The people who need it the most are on the front lines of the battle to legally access medical cannabis. Some are literally fighting for their lives. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and children who are suffering needlessly and working tirelessly despite their health conditions. Sadly, there seems to be a lack of humanity and understanding from certain legislators and politicians regarding this issue and they are willing to harm the most vulnerable among us.
Please go to the source and contact those who understand what this bill truly is. Have conversations with others who can explain the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the science behind the need for medical cannabis. For every false statement echoing from the willfully ignorant or ill-informed, we must counteract even louder with the truth.
You can also reach out to these organizations for information, education, and speaking engagements.
All applications for a medical license must be signed by an Oklahoma Board certified physician. There are no qualifying conditions. A medical marijuana license must be recommended according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication. No physician may be unduly stigmatized or harassed for signing a medical marijuana license application.