SQ 788: Medical marijuana bills address language, scope

From left, Rep. John Paul Jordan (R-Yukon) and Se. Ervin Yen (R-OKC). (NonDoc)

As voters prepare to decide June 26 whether Oklahoma should allow the growth, distribution and use of medical marijuana, lawmakers have already begun to address the fine details regarding State Question 788.

As currently written, voter approval of SQ 788’s statutorial changes would allow doctors to prescribe patients 18 years or older a medical marijuana license that would legally permit them to purchase up to three ounces of cannabis. Gov. Mary Fallin announced Jan. 4 that the issue had garnered the 66,000 required signatures in 2016, enabling her to place it on the June 26 primary election ballot instead of the November general election ballot.

Many believe that if SQ 788 were voted on today, it would pass. Sooner Poll reported 62 percent of Oklahomans are now in favor of legalizing medical cannabis.

Sen. Yen: ‘It’s too open-ended’

On Feb. 5, Sen. Ervin Yen (R-OKC) introduced SB 1120, which, if passed, would limit the definition of medical marijuana and its prescriptions.

“788 says ‘medical marijuana,’ but in my reading, it’s not,” Yen said. “It’s too open-ended.”

Among several other codifications, Yen’s bill would regulate medical marijuana use to patients who have “serious conditions,” such as:

spastic paralysis from multiple sclerosis or paraplegia, neuropathic pain, intractable nausea and vomiting, or chronic-wasting disease from AIDS or cancer.

Yen’s bill would effectively put the power of medical marijuana prescription in the hands of medical professionals.

Rep. Jordan: ‘This isn’t just about doctors’

Meanwhile, Rep. John Paul Jordan (R-Yukon) believes the wording of the state question should focus on the medical cannabis issue in a broader scope.

“This isn’t just about doctors,” Jordan said. “This state question deals with growers, it deals with dispensaries, it deals with people who

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