By State Rep. David Perryman
OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Floor Leader David Perryman, on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement condemning the board of the Oklahoma State Department of Health for their negligent behavior when voting on the emergency rules to govern State Question 788.
“First and foremost, the House Democratic Caucus wants to acknowledge and applaud the men and women employed by the Oklahoma Health Department for their efforts the last few months putting together emergency guidelines for medical marijuana.
Unfortunately, the actions of the political appointees that serve on the Oklahoma Health Department board have diminished the work of those employees and cast a dark cloud over their entire agency.
Oklahomans deserve better from their state government. This board was tasked with creating and implementing a structure for medical marijuana that upholds and protects the will of the people. Instead, after months of planning and research by health department staff and against the recommendation of the health department attorney, they passed amendments sponsored by the lobbyist groups that opposed the state question and represented individuals that benefit financially from the amendments. To make matters worse, these amendments weren’t known until the day of the board meeting and were never published to allow public comment or feedback.
These board members acted in a way that calls into question the integrity of the board and falls short of the transparency that Oklahomans demand. We believe that Oklahomans have a right to know how these amendments made their way to the board and passed. If board President Tim Starkey continues to refuse to tell Oklahomans, we feel that the attorney general should find a way to compel him to do so.”