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 If she, and legislators, performed in accordance with their proper roles, marijuana prohibition would have been repealed a long time ago.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.”
I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at the Metro Tulsa Civitan Club’s weekly meeting today. Joanna Francisco, secretary of Drug Policy Reform Network, accompanied me. I spoke about cannabis legalization. I briefly discussed the war on drugs, how cannabis is medicine, and who the true victims of prohibition are. Someone even brought brownies so this was a fun crowd! Everyone at the meeting was genuinely interested in the issue. They asked excellent questions and I hope that they share what they learned with their family and friends.
During my talk, I mentioned the story of two Oklahoma girls, Jaqie Angel Warrior and Avagrace Spencer. Jaqie Angel and her family traveled to Colorado this weekend and Jaqie received her first dose of CBD oil. Here is an update from her mom, Brittany:
“Jaqie received her 1st dose of medicine yesterday afternoon…Yay! Its been a journey to say the least and right now we are just trying to get settled in and rest. The medical marijuana oil is already working! Yes, I said already. Just with 2 doses I’ve already noticed more alertness. She can see my face better and is more full of life. I know we made the right decision to do this for her.
I spoke to Mary Fallin’s director yesterday, Mr. Cody. He laughed at me as I cried to him on the phone telling him we wanted to return home with Jaqie. It burnt me up inside. The phone call was recorded and will be released by the week’s end. All of our friends and supporters feel free to call Fallin’s office and ask for her public response in regards to my letter to her about baby Jaqie.
Our family is blessed and happy to be here giving Jaqie the medicine she needs! BUT, at the same time this is very lonely for us. We have no one here. The kids have been crying because they miss their friends and school and they just want to go back to their home. This is so heartbreaking for me as a mom. But at least Jaqie Angel has access and is receiving the medical marijuana oil she needs. This is the most important factor in all this and I know things in Oklahoma will change soon. It’s my personal mission in life to see to it.”
Meanwhile, Avagrace is still waiting. She cannot travel to Colorado unless her mother and father legally separate as he is in the military.
Why does a family need to separate, uproot and leave behind their home, support network, and jobs to receive life saving medicine for their children that is available across an arbitrary line? Why are they pleading to exercise their very basic rights? Who is accountable for this gross infringement upon their rights? If a parent was withholding life saving medicine to their child, how would they be treated? How about when the government does it? Should government dictate what treatments people are allowed to use or should that be a decision made by the individual and their health care provider?
When will this injustice upon the people of Oklahoma end?
Lisa Bowman – President Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma
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