Oklahomans will vote for or against the legalization of medical marijuana in the state on June 26th. There are many people on both sides of the issue and a few who haven’t quite made up their minds. State question 788 if passed would be the first medical marijuana bill that does not include any qualifying conditions, basically leaving the prescription for medicinal marijuana up to the discretion of the doctor.
“Doctors know what they are doing, they just haven’t had the choices in the past,” said Terry Gresham, the chair of the Comanche County Democrats. “They have had to give really crazy drugs to people. My feeling is that if the doctors aren’t prescribing it then our legislators will be or the OSBI and I don’t think that we want that.”
Gresham doesn’t think people should be thrown behind bars for marijuana.
“I am for reducing prison populations and if that helps that, I’m for that. I don’t think a mother of three has to go to jail for $35 worth of pot and be there for 60 years, I don’t think that’s right,” Gresham said.
Gresham also sees medicinal marijuana helping some of the youngest.
“If you go to Colorado to get your edibles you are going to jail. If it is for your epileptic son or daughter, then that’s wrong,” Gresham said.
While there are plenty of people who see the benefits of legalizing medical marijuana there are some who have reservations about it.
“A lot of people will abuse it and we already have a lot of stuff going on and you add that one. People will say yeah, it’s medical, it’s fine but a lot of people will abuse it,” said one Lawton resident.
“In the big picture it’s a good thing just from what I hear, helping with seizers and pain without opioids but I am also concerned about the other side because of what I’ve read because of regulations and how to control who has access. On the job if you have a risky job. Can you be prevented from doing a risky job if you are using medical marijuana,” said another Lawton resident.
With less than two weeks until election day Oklahoma residents don’t have much time left to make up their minds on state question 788 that if passed would allow for the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana for medicinal purposes. And what happens in the sooner state could pave the way for other ballot measures in the future.
Even if medical marijuana is legalized on June 26th, name says it will still be five or six years before it is really implemented because of all of the regulations that will have to be put in place.