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.
Our annual meeting and general election was held in Tulsa at The Rusty Crane restaurant. We had a great turnout and several new members joined the organization.
Here is the current list of the Board of Directors and offices held.
- Lisa Bowman
- Dax Ewbank
- Joanna Francisco
- Clinton Wiles
- Tina Kelly
Board of Directors
- Frank Grove
Board of Directors
- Danny Buntin
Board of Directors
- Mary West
Board of Directors
Welcome new members and board members!
Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma will hold its annual meeting Saturday, January 10th, 1pm-2:30 pm at The Rusty Crane, 109 North Detroit Ave, Tulsa, OK.
(DPRNOK is not funding this event. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the individual.)
You are invited to attend as we discuss plans for the new year. Board and officer elections will also take place. If you are not yet a member, joining is easy and the dues are just $10 annually. If you would like to attend the meeting, you may join at that time. As a member, you may participate in discussion at regular meetings and are also eligible for election to the board. All offices are filled by board members.
2015 will be an active year regarding drug policy reform especially marijuana laws. It is not a matter of “if” but “when” the tide turns to support individual freedom and stop victimizing peaceful people in Oklahoma. It will take much work though as there is definite push back from legislators. The CBD bill is a tiny step but we must use that momentum to continue to educate and raise awareness of the benefits of marijuana for all while emphasizing the injustice and inefficiency of our current drug policy.
Fortunately, there were some victories in other states this year as well as change in federal policy regarding medical marijuana. It is only a matter of time but will require consistent activism.
All who are able and willing to volunteer are encouraged to do so. There are many ways to help and we can guide you in a direction that will work best for you. Please contact us with any concerns or questions you may have and we will be happy to help.
Oklahoma saw a surge in 2014 of activists working in various ways to change drug policy. Much was learned and despite some failures there were also many successes. 2015 is the year to unify and strengthen efforts.
Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma
Oklahomans for Health medical cannabis petition has been released for signatures.
Visit their website for more information.
This is the story of Jaqie Angel:
“Every year hundreds of children are diagnosed with severe forms of epilepsy. My 18 month old daughter, Jaqie Angel, suffers from a deadly form of epilepsy due to a rare genetic disorder. She has had uncontrollable seizures since she was 5 months old and has 75-150 seizures daily. She’s been on painful daily injections, ketogenic diet and every medicine known to man..except CBD! She’s on 4 different medicines right now(2 narcotics) but nothing works!
Because of the laws here my baby is denied CBD, the only thing that could possibly save her life and improve the quality of it. She deserves that chance, just like the other children here in Oklahoma suffering from multiple daily seizures. Seizures kill, any seizure could take a child’s life.. Kids die ever day because of this! If you’re diagnosed with severe epilepsy here in Oklahoma they’re basically handing you a death sentence along with it because they refuse to treat our sick babies.
It’s difficult enough as a parent to find out your child has a life threatening illness then you have to come to grips with the devastating reality that your child may very well die if you don’t move to Colorado or somewhere they actually care about our kids. Please sign this petition if you have a heart and you want to save the lives of these kids who have no choice but to suffer because Oklahoma says NO to CBD to SAVE LIVES!! Our children don’t have time to wait, they need this medicine now! My daughter needs this medicine now! We have to have a united voice for our children and all children in need of this medicine and DEMAND to be heard!! Don’t let our children suffer!
Sincerely, Brittany Hardy”
This just one of other families trying to move to Colorado because their rights are being denied. This must end.
DPRNOK board members, Lisa Bowman, Joanna Francisco, Dax Ewbank and Jeff Pickens were guests on Tulsa based Liberty Talk Radio where they talked about legalization and answered questions from viewers.
Here is the archive labeled “Zombies and Marijuana Legislation”
“Oklahoma Republican legislators, such as Sen. Dan Newberry of Tulsa, are rallying Republicans to support anti-cannabis legalization. They use divisive rhetoric such as calling supporters of cannabis legalization “liberals.” As a Republican myself, I am curious: When did using legislation to allow government to trump the rights of individuals become conservative? When did refusing to hear bills because of personal beliefs become conservative? When did eroding liberties by advocating for the nanny state to micromanage our lives become conservative?”
TULSA, Okla. – FOX23 has been following the story of a Tulsa family trying get medicine for their toddler. The family said they have decided to move to Colorado to get the medicine they said she needs.