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Oklahoma Eyes Pot Legalization

A push to legalize marijuana is underway in Oklahoma.
(KFOR) Oklahoma law makers will soon consider legalizing marijuana.

State Senator Constance Johnson has tried in the past to get legislation approved to legalize marijuana, but it has never passed.

This year she is trying again, introducing Senate Bill 2116. The bill would allow for the regulation and taxation of marijuana.

"I think we need to accept the realities that alcohol is a dangerous drug, prescription drugs are dangerous. Marijuana has not killed anyone," she says.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics hopes the bill does not make it through the legislature.

The bureau's Mark Woodward says marijuana is a dangerous drug. He says while a person can take a drink of alcohol and not get drunk marijuana always causes a person to become impaired.

"The big difference is everyone who smokes marijuana gets intoxicated, becomes high off of it and becomes a safety risk," Woodward says.

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