Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma will have a booth at this year’s Peace Fest. Please consider attending.
2014 Fall Peace Festival
Saturday, November 8th
10 am to 4 p.m
Civic Center Music Hall of Mirrors in downtown Oklahoma City
201 N Walker Ave.
The Peace Festival celebrates groups working for peace, human rights, civil rights, economic justice, environmental sustainability, permaculture, vegetarianism, animals rights, urban garden and fair trade & home-made goods.
Governor Fallin’s press release today announcing her support of medicinal use of CBD oil is a mere breadcrumb. While this low THC oil could benefit a very small demographic of children, it limits life saving, life improving medicine to others and continues to victimize a large group of people who suffer from cancer, cancer treatment side effects, veterans with PTSD, multiple sclerosis patients, chronic pain sufferers, and children who require higher doses of THC to control seizures.
Twenty three states with legal medical marijuana have already proven the effectiveness and benefits of medicinal cannabis for a number of ailments. For Oklahoma legislators to propose such strict, limited trials on CBD only use is a step backward. There have been numerous studies and ongoing research across the country beyond CBD only oil and Oklahoma families who have become medical marijuana refugees to Colorado have given personal testimony which was presented at the state capitol along with doctors and researchers. Governor Fallin and all but two representatives were missing in action during those presentations. The Governor should be protecting the rights and liberty of the people of Oklahoma. Instead she is dictating who can and cannot exercise their right to health freedom and medical treatment. To regulate and enforce such a limited bill would be a nightmare and resource hog.
Oklahomans for Health has created a petition initiative that supports medicinal marijuana access for everyone who needs it which will result in fewer people being locked up for exercising a fundamental right.
Fallin’s statement is disingenuous and does not support the people of Oklahoma. She flip flops on issues based on the potential votes she could gain. If she, and legislators, performed in accordance with their proper roles, marijuana prohibition would have been repealed a long time ago.
She has repeatedly denied a conference with a very outspoken mother whose two year old daughter, Jaqie Angel Warrior, has become a medical marijuana refugee in Colorado. Fallin has not proven herself a servant of the people but rather a government expanding, liberty encroaching, politician.
Her timing of this statement is also curious considering Oklahomans for Health is wrapping up signature gathering this week and will be submitting signatures on Friday.
While we are encouraged to see legislators ready to have a conversation on this topic, they are lagging behind as the people of Oklahoma have taken steps forward and become proactive on this issue despite the obstacles and hurdles they have had to overcome. Whether the required number of signatures is met or not, the people have made a clear statement that it is time to change Oklahoma’s drug policy.
To support a truly compassionate and reasonable policy, please sign the petition. There are only two days left to do so. You can find petition sites on their website: Oklahomans for Health
Please contact Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma if you have any further questions or comments at DrugPolicyOK@gmail.com.
There are now less than 30 days for the signatures to be submitted.
Oklahomans for Health are on the road reaching every place they can. If you would like to help with these efforts or find out where to sign please visit http://www.oklahomansforhealth.com/
The last count nearly two weeks ago was 75,000 signatures, that is about half of the required but to account for invalid signatures they must collect at least twice the required of 156,000.
On Sunday, July 13, a fundraiser for Jaqie Angel Warrior was held at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jaqie is a 24 month old baby who is receiving CBD oil out of Colorado to treat her seizures related to epilepsy. The family must travel back and forth to Colorado as they have a home, family, job, and support network in Oklahoma. They are like so many other medical cannabis refugees who must live temporarily in Colorado which often creates an even greater hardship on the family.
This is the second fundraiser that has been held for Jaqie Angel. The event included a raffle, BBQ, and guest speakers. Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma brought in the speakers which included Chip Paul – Chairman of Oklahomans for Health, Jay Ramey – Tulsa Attorney, and DPRNOK board member and former gubernatorial candidate, Dax Ewbank.
Mr. Paul gave an update on the current medical marijuana initiative which now has just 30 days to collect the necessary signatures needed to be on the ballot in November. The most recent count was 75,000 signatures collected but that does not include the uncounted petitions yet to be turned in. 156,000 valid signatures are required. In order to ensure that number is met, they need to collect 250,000-300,000.
Tulsa attorney, Jay Ramey is very outspoken about police abuse of power and speaks frequently on knowing our rights regarding police encounters. He presented a condensed version of his ‘Know Your Rights’ speech and distributed his ‘Know Your Rights’ business cards.
Dax Ewbank recently campaigned in the gubernatorial primary and is a Drug Policy Reform Network board member. He presented a talk that encompassed the injustices committed in the name of the war on drugs, the insensibility of current drug policy, and philosophical points regarding marijuana use and the fundamental right to use it without fear of being incarcerated, having children removed from their homes, and lives torn apart.
Oklahomans for Health volunteers were present and a petition was available to sign. If anyone is interested in volunteering or needs petition locations please visit Oklahomans For Health website.
The documentary film crew attended and recorded footage and conducted interviews. Local media, KJRH Channel 2 Tulsa aired a report on the event which you can view here.
We are grateful to have been part of this event as we continue to work on educating the public and changing the drug policy of Oklahoma to support personal choice, personal responsibility, health freedom, and individual rights.
US News reports that two initiative campaigns are underway in Oklahoma to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational uses. If either passes, it will add to the swelling movement to nullify unconstitutional federal laws prohibiting marijuana.
The federal government currently bans marijuana for any use. But constitutionally, the feds lack any authority enforce a prohibition on marijuana. No delegated power to regulate marijuana within a state exists. That role rightly remains with the state and the people.
This is often a topic of heated debate among cannabis activists. It will be interesting to see how this turns out for them.
“In the marijuana reform movement, there are various splits and ideological factions. A diverse mix of all political types, we’re kind of well-known for infighting. Of all the rifts between us, though, these days there’s none bigger than the divide between repealers and legalizers.
Put simply: Those who favor the repeal of marijuana laws (as in those rules would be replaced by virtually nothing) make the case that prohibition and the cannabis black market–in all its various forms–are the true harm. They cite that for most adults, cannabis is a beneficial herb and food that should not be taxed or regulated.”