Politicians Muddle SQ788

You've heard that saying, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” This was penned by a Nazi propagandist. The Reefer Madness campaign created in the '30s by the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Henry Anslinger, created a massive lie and media campaign to persuade …

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Understanding No Qualifying Conditions SQ788

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 …

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CANNABIS & THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Last week Liberty on Tap hosted an informational gathering for SQ 788, a ballot initiative measure to legalize medical cannabis in Oklahoma. The vote for SQ 788 will take place on June 26, 2018. One of our speakers, a member of the Vote Yes on SQ 788 PAC, was Shawn Jenkins. Shawn, a veteran of the U.S. Army, …

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Legislative Shenanigans – Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Sitting in committee is a bill that would reform the current civil asset forfeiture policy in Oklahoma. Currently, your property and cash may be seized by law enforcement and kept even if you are never charged with a crime. You may fight to have your property and cash returned but it will cost you. Basically, …

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The REAL Elephant in the Room

I would like to address Fallin's first point, “Oklahoma's drug possession sentences haven't deterred substance abuse”. Most people thrown in cages for using drugs are not necessarily “substance abusers”. This says people who are charged with a drug “crime” are abusers which is a fallacy. Substance users (or abusers) do not belong in prison. Substance …

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Katie and Cayman’s Law and Oklahomans for Health Initiative

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill allowing a medical pilot program for cannabis oil. The bill, known as "Katie and Cayman's Law," would allow medically supervised use of cannabis oil. Parents say that it is effective in treating children with epileptic seizures. We are happy to see some progress in this area however, this …

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Victim of War on Drugs – Darrell Hayden: Life Sentence for Marijuana

A horrible human rights tragedy has been occurring in the “land of the free”. It is difficult to know what to do or how to alleviate the pain and suffering of the victims. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that this human rights violation is perpetuated by the very institution that was supposedly created …

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CBD Hearing at Oklahoma State Capitol

The following account is submitted by Drug Policy Reform Network board member, Dax Ewbank, who attended the hearing at the capitol. Here is my takeaway from the CBD Hearing held today at the Oklahoma State Capitol. I was happy that the hearing was held, there were at least 7 or 8 legislators present, which is …

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