Facts about Medical Marijuana

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Poteau, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics came to Poteau on March 15, 2018 to inform citizens in Eastern Oklahoma during a public forum on the current drug trends and threats in Oklahoma.


Here are some interesting facts about Marijuana that was presented to the public during the forum by Craig Williams, with the OBN.


Medical marijuana does not exist.

■ Marijuana is not recognized in the medical commw1ity as legitimate medicine.
■ There is limited scientific evidence on the efficacy of smoked or ingested marijuana.
■ DEA still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, which means no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
■ FDA has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug to treat medical conditions.
Marijuana is not safe.
■ Marijuana use is linked to negative health outcomes.
■ Research suggests 30% of users will develop some form of problem use, which may lead to dependence and addiction (DEA, 2017)

■ Marijuana use is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, and schizophrenia (Meier)
■ A 2017 study found marijuana users were more than twice as likely to abuse prescription opioids (Olufsen, Wall, Luis, & Blanco, 2017).
■ Marijuana is also not safe to eat. Doctors in Colorado's emergency rooms often treat patients experiencing complications related to marijuana edibles (HIDTA,2017).
■ The National Pet Poison Helpline (2017) reported a .448 % increase in the number of marijuana exposurecases to pets since 2011.

Marijuana use increased in state with medical marijuana programs

A 2017 study found a significant increase in the use and abuse of illicit marijuana in states with medical marijuana programs (Hasin, 2017)


Medical marijuana programs have also produced a new specialty of doctors: Green doctors, Just 15 doctors in Colorado accounted for over 70% of recommendations for medical marijuana cards. (Caplan 2013.) .

School officials are confiscating marijuana in schools

School resource officers in Colorado report they deal with diverted marijuana daily.

One school resource officer reported,  "Multiple students in my affluent middle school obtain marijuana and use marijuana with their families who all seem to have their own marijuana grows. Most of these parents think their medicine is fine for their kids to use." (HIDTA, 2017).

 Marijuana-related traffic fatalities and crime increased in medical marijuana states.

 Marijuana is involved in one in five deaths on the road in Colorado and Washington, and the numbers continue to increase (HIDTA, 2017).

 In Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths when a driver tested positive for marijuana more than doubled between 2013 and 2016 (HIDTA, 2017).

 Medical marijuana programs also created a new class of illicit sellers who resale what they purchased from a dispensary to recreational users (Caplan, 2013).


Oklahoma State Question 788, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will be on the ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated state statute on June 26, 2018.

Here is how the ballot will read


Ballot Title for State Question No. 788


This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes. A license is required for use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician. The State Department of Health will issue medical marijuana licenses if the applicant is eighteen years or older and an Oklahoman resident.


A special exemption will be granted to an applicant under the age of eighteen, however these applications must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian. The Department will also issue seller, growing, packaging, transportation, and research and caregiver licenses. Individual and retail businesses must meet minimal requirements to be licensed to sell marijuana to licensees. The punishment for unlicensed possession of permitted amounts of marijuana for individuals who can state a medical condition is a fine not exceeding four hundred dollars. Fees and zoning restrictions are established. A seven percent state tax is imposed on medical marijuana sales.

Shall the proposal be approved? For the Proposal - YES Against the Proposal - No

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of this measure.


A ''NO" vote is a vote against this measure.


These provisions will not be listed on the ballot:
► SQ788 legalizes medical marijuana in Oklahoma;
► SQ788 does not restrict medical marijuana to certain conditions;
► SQ788 allows cardholders the right to:
 Carry up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person and 8 ounces at their residence
 Possess 6 mature plants and 6 seedling plants
 Possess 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
 Possess 72 ounces of edible marijuana

Medical marijuana cards will cost applicants $100.00 (or $20.00 for Medicaid patients) ,and licenses will be good for one year;

SQ788 does not restrict the amount of marijuana a commercial grower can grow;

SQ788 prohibits schools, landlords, and employers from refusing enrollment/lease/employment based on someone's medical marijuana license status;

SQ788 prohibits dispensaries from establishing a business within 1,000 feet of any school entrance;

SQ788 prohibits municipalities rezoning efforts to prevent the opening of a dispensary.





David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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