Proponents of legalized medical marijuana in Oklahoma had 30 other states’ policies to look to in drafting a ballot measure, but opponents of State Question 788 say those trailblazing states set a bad example.
“All of 788 is borrowed from policies in other states,” said Frank Grove, chairman of the Vote Yes on 788 political action committee and co-author of the state question that will go before Oklahoma voters in the June 26 primary. “Our licensing system is borrowed from Colorado, the California state medical card is our primary source because it is considered to be the best, our (employment) discrimination protections come from Arizona.”
Oklahoma is among a minority of states in not having a medical marijuana program.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs.
But opposition leaders in Oklahoma say every one of those other states founded their cannabis programs “with very narrow conditions and then expanded over time.”
“The simple fact is under State Question 788, we by far would have the most liberal medical marijuana law in the nation and I don’t think that’s the direction we want to head in as a state,” said Wes Glinsmann, executive director of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, which is a founding member of the coalition of business, medical, religious and law enforcement organizations opposed to the state question.
Leaders of the opposition group, SQ 788 is Not Medical, say they’re not opposed to Oklahoma developing a medical marijuana program, but the ballot initiative currently under consideration by voters is simply too broad.
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