Science has established that the ingestion of THC leads to the liver altering the the drug to another form which then impacts the brain in a different manner than inhaled THC. All ingested drugs can impact the liver to varying degrees, and many maintenance medications are prohibitive to patients who develop liver conditions from persistent damage caused by some drugs, disease, or trauma.
Then there's the loss of immediate relief. This is especially pertinent for PTSD sufferers who exhibit 'flashbacks' and panic attacks. Lack of available immediate relief is perhaps a life-threatening scenario.
If even one patient exists in Oklahoma with a physicians recommendation for smokable or vapor stock of cannabis medicine, then a need exists for a legal dispensary to supply that needed medicine. It should not be assumed that every patient is of able mind and/or body to home -grow, nor that their life should be dependent on a successful crop, or to wait several months for a crop to come to harvest so he can begin treating his health condition.
Since the Agency added several very restrictive zoning & retailing rules, many variances may be reasonably warranted. Since these care essentially limited pharmacies, why are there rules requiring them to be nearly 1/4 mile from certain public buildings? the available properties may be very limited in some communities being served. This is especially true in the underserved rural parts of the state. For instance, if the only retail spaces are deep within a shopping center which is set back from public streets, a sign may be ineffective if it must comply with the 1600 square inch rule (that's smaller than a 2 foot by 6 foot sign). Some shopping centers require a uniform signage format of all their occupants.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...