Tulsa World editorial: State Question 788 is flawed, but the medical marijuana bill still deserves voters' support

To be honest, the Tulsa World editorial board is not of one mind on State Question 788.

Our members see strong arguments for and against the initiative petition, which would bring Oklahoma in line with the majority of other states, which have allowed medical marijuana.

SQ 788’s petition would set standards for selling, possessing, transporting and using medical marijuana in the state.

State board-certified physicians would be able to prescribe marijuana licenses and would follow “accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication.” No specific medical conditions are specified for marijuana therapy.

Those under 18 wouldn’t be eligible for a marijuana license, unless they have the approval of two doctors and a parent or legal guardian.

A licensee would be able to carry up to 3 ounces of pot and possess six mature plants, six seedlings, an ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana and another 8 ounces of pot at their residence.

Employers wouldn’t be able to fire marijuana-licensed workers for testing positive for the drug unless they used it on company property or during work hours.

We are troubled by determining pharmaceutical issues by democratic vote. Safety and efficacy, judged as we have other medical treatments for decades through the FDA, are a better system.

At the same time, we recognize that marijuana’s medical potential has been artificially ignored by the federal process for a variety of inappropriate reasons. We are convinced that marijuana may offer some relief to some suffering people.

We suspect that some of those using marijuana under the new law will be patients in name only. Seeking recreational marijuana, they will find their way to permissive physicians. While that potentially taints our medical system,

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