Oklahomans celebrated a victory on June 26th as the votes rolled in and nearly 57% of the voters decided to approve SQ788 for Medical Cannabis. Others from around the country celebrated this historic event with us. But organizers and activists knew all too well that the fight was not over. The agency tasked with the rules and regulations, Oklahoma Department of Health, met June 10th to implement the emergency rules.
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 people that marijuana was evil and deadly despite studies proving the contrary.
As SQ788 draws closer to a vote on June 26th, the opposition is surfacing with its share of false statements and outright lies.
Former Oklahoma Assistant District Attorney and current gubernatorial candidate, Gary Richardson, recently appeared on KOCO News 5 and shared some misinformation regarding SQ788 – Medical Marijuana bill. Based on his statements in this video, it is apparent that Mr. Richardson doesn’t fully understand the bill as he claims.
He says he wants a doctor to have access to whatever will help the medical conditions of his patients (SQ788 allows doctors the legal authority to do exactly that which they currently do not have). He says, (50 secs into the video) “You don’t even have to have a medical condition to a get a two-year script. You can go in for a mosquito bite and get a two-year script.”
This is false.
You do indeed need a medical reason/condition for a doctor’s recommendation to obtain a medical marijuana card and doctors need the legal protection to do so. SQ788 does not list qualifying conditions and perhaps that is one reason why Mr. Richardson is giving false information. There are legitimate reasons why qualifying conditions are omitted in SQ788 but that is not the same as excluding the requirement for a medical condition. This point is being twisted.
There are some who are using their platform to intentionally spread misinformation about SQ788 but the ill-informed can do just as much damage. It’s imperative that we speak up, out, and create a dialogue with those who are being misled, whether deliberately or intentionally.
Please reach out to these organizations for information, education, and speaking engagements.
Vote ‘Yes’ on June 26th. Last day to register to be able to vote on SQ788 is June 1st.
All applications for a medical license must be signed by an Oklahoma Board certified physician.
There are no qualifying conditions. A medical marijuana license must be recommended according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication. No physician may be unduly stigmatized or harassed for signing a medical marijuana license application.
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 recreational bill in disguise.
The language in SQ788 clearly states that a doctor must recommend cannabis to a patient. Then, the patient will have to obtain a medical cannabis card and that card will be required to obtain the cannabis. A “casual use” bill this is NOT.
There are no qualifying conditions because, as with other medications, treatments, and supplements, doctors and patients will determine the best form of treatment for the patient’s health – not politicians. Yen’s bill does not even allow for PTSD that so many of our veterans are suffering from.
Qualifying conditions also neglect people like Shelly Garrison McMillan who suffers from Interstitial Cystitis (IC).
She explains, “This is why Medical marijuana works for IC, we have cannabinoid receptors inside the bladder. Over a dozen patients have committed suicide in the past year from lack of pain control. Medical marijuana can bring remission if you get the FECO (full extract cannabis oil) or raw juice. The best relief I have had since 1997 was the cookies in Colorado. I have hopes of getting to remission once I can go on the FECO oil.”
In other states with qualifying conditions, IC is not included. She could possibly obtain a recommendation (prescription) based on intractable pain but would be under scrutiny for refusing to take other medications with dangerous side effects or electing expensive, invasive surgery. She stresses, “The no qualifying conditions in SQ788 is crucial to patients with rare diseases. Most nurses I speak to have never even heard of IC.”
The people who need it the most are on the front lines of the battle to legally access medical cannabis. Some are literally fighting for their lives. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and children who are suffering needlessly and working tirelessly despite their health conditions. Sadly, there seems to be a lack of humanity and understanding from certain legislators and politicians regarding this issue and they are willing to harm the most vulnerable among us.
Please go to the source and contact those who understand what this bill truly is. Have conversations with others who can explain the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the science behind the need for medical cannabis. For every false statement echoing from the willfully ignorant or ill-informed, we must counteract even louder with the truth.
You can also reach out to these organizations for information, education, and speaking engagements.
All applications for a medical license must be signed by an Oklahoma Board certified physician. There are no qualifying conditions. A medical marijuana license must be recommended according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication. No physician may be unduly stigmatized or harassed for signing a medical marijuana license application.
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 you’re a child and they’re your daddy, or mama, or even doctor, and force decisions on you that they believe are in YOUR best interest.
From denying people a healing plant gifted to us by mother nature to further suppressing our ability to petition our government because someone is afraid that the people of Oklahoma are indeed ready to legalize marijuana, the nanny state legislators of Oklahoma are putting a foot down – right on our throats!
I’m not paying you, legislators, (albeit involuntary with my tax dollars) to make decisions regarding my health or wealth. And to further insult the intelligence of Oklahomans, we are told that we don’t understand the bills, we don’t understand what we’re voting for. Really?! Well, what does that say about YOU, then, Mr./Mrs. Legislator?
I’m a grown woman. You’re not my daddy, or my mama, or my nanny, or my doctor or any of those things to my own child. Stop using (abusing) your position at the capitol to practice medicine or *force/deny* medical treatments for people…ever. It’s shameful. That is not your job.
If I could, I’d fire you.
Lysander Spooner argued that voting was a legitimate means of self-defense against the State, and noted that many supporters of the State consider both voting and abstention to be acknowledgments of the State’s legitimacy.
I have swung like a pendulum to varying degrees and extremes regarding government, the State, politics, voting, and ideology. Since you’re reading this then perhaps you have experienced this as well. I have supported candidates, worked grassroots campaigns, and gathered signatures for petitions. My political philosophy evolved to eventually rejecting the legitimacy of the State and refusal to vote. My reason being was I did not want to give the State legitimacy. But, as Spooner states, “…abstention to be acknowledgments of the State’s legitimacy”. It does not render it harmless, useless, or even illegitimate in so far as the violence it imposes on us.
All around me people are working around the system. Individuals are rendering the state unnecessary. They are building community, peacefully interacting with others from all walks of life and decentralizing.
I was invited by a friend to participate in a recent conversation about slavery. These were a couple of the main points made that I chose to address when I was asked to share my thoughts.
Why would a person “choose” to place a chain around another’s neck? The government and systems, built and managed by the people, for the people, do this everyday by treating us all, as our American culture sadly treats children. They give us information that guides us in the direction they want us to go.
We have no right to think that we are obliged to make decisions for anyone other than ourselves.