HB2913 – Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Update: HB 2913 was approved by the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee on 3/27, and is now awaiting action from the Appropriations Committee. Update: HB 2913 passed the House by a 92-0 vote on 3/5, and now awaits action in the Senate. Update: HB 2913 passed the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee with a 14-0 …

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Bills Review

SB1120 - Penned by Yen eventually passed the Senate floor. This bill allows for only four extreme qualifying conditions, creates a monopoly on the industry, and will neglect thousands of Oklahomans and prevent the Oklahoma economy from benefiting from the Medical Cannabis Market.  YEAS: 26/ NAYS: 11/ EXC : 11 See all votes here. This bill …

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Kill the Bills

Lawmakers need to validate their existence. They often use their positions to inject their own personal views, agendas, and values into the process rather than *serving* their constituents and protecting their rights. This is why they make so many bad laws designed to victimize peaceful people and grow the state. They also like to pretend …

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Politicians Muddle SQ788

You've heard that saying, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” This was penned by a Nazi propagandist. The Reefer Madness campaign created in the '30s by the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Henry Anslinger, created a massive lie and media campaign to persuade …

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Understanding No Qualifying Conditions SQ788

Senator Ervin Yen, district 40, has penned a so-called medical marijuana bill that includes strict qualifying conditions which would neglect far too many patients who desperately need it to restore and improve their quality of life. There has been criticism from the opposition regarding the no qualifying conditions of SQ788 and that it is a …

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CANNABIS & THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Last week Liberty on Tap hosted an informational gathering for SQ 788, a ballot initiative measure to legalize medical cannabis in Oklahoma. The vote for SQ 788 will take place on June 26, 2018. One of our speakers, a member of the Vote Yes on SQ 788 PAC, was Shawn Jenkins. Shawn, a veteran of the U.S. Army, …

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Legislative Shenanigans – Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Sitting in committee is a bill that would reform the current civil asset forfeiture policy in Oklahoma. Currently, your property and cash may be seized by law enforcement and kept even if you are never charged with a crime. You may fight to have your property and cash returned but it will cost you. Basically, …

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The REAL Elephant in the Room

I would like to address Fallin's first point, “Oklahoma's drug possession sentences haven't deterred substance abuse”. Most people thrown in cages for using drugs are not necessarily “substance abusers”. This says people who are charged with a drug “crime” are abusers which is a fallacy. Substance users (or abusers) do not belong in prison. Substance …

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