The executive director of Oklahomans for Health is Shelly Lynn. Ms Lynn is a former deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff's office. She reports on her meetings with many law enforcement personnel & local administrations. Many cops are still treating possession of medication as criminal activity.
Licensed patients are having their property searched because they smell like they've been taking their medicine. This is not probable cause of any crime. Not even if a caregiver smells like they've been in the presence of a patient, is it a probable cause.
Asset forfeitures are still being arbitrarily enforced, taking the medicine away from licensed patients.
Even in court actions where a patient presents the court with a valid patient license, the courts are convicting patients and setting probation terms which include complete abstinsion from all cannabis medicines, in contradiction of the physician's advice. Yes, it is still required that a patient receives their medical patient card before starting cannabis treatments. For opioid addiction patients, the need to start immediate treatment is leading to some criminal charges.
Cancer patients who start immediate chemotherapy are also not waiting for patient cards, because the resulting nausea & weakness is only alleviated by cannabis or quitting their chemo.
This highlights the problems made worse by the legislature, this past spring. They passed a statute to further delay the issuance of patient cards. And the OMMA is no longer allowing callers to check on cards they were supposed to receive several weeks ago.
In summation, the statutes passed by the voters are declaring marijuana a valid medicine. But our law enforcement is occasionally still stuck in the mindset and repetitive training to treat licensed patients as a criminal element in Oklahoma.
Lynn believes that citizens may have to call for more initiative petitions to address some matters of patient rights, if the governor & legislature refuses to take the lead.
The statutory code is full of language which presumes that all marijuana products are deadly, highly addictive, and destroying lives. All of those myths are roundly disproven by the 170,000 licensed patients in Oklahoma whose health has been largely restored and who have re-entered societal engagement with the help of cannabis medicine alternatives.
Thousands of military veterans have gotten off the highly-addictive benzodiazepine tranquilizers that the VA hospitals prescribe, because the cannabis vaporizers give more immediate and effective relief from panic attacks, flashbacks and anxiety associated with their mental illness... illness often brought on by the multiple deployments to war zones.
Chronic pain sufferers are weaning off the deadly opioid pills when they have access to Cannabis oils refined for pain relief.
Children with severe chronic seizure disorders are becoming almost free of the grand-mal seizures when they have an effective cannabis oil medicine on proper intervals. this allows their young nervous systems to resume normal development and essential cognitive skills and motor skill development.
These are no longer just theories. Oklahoma now has thousands of lives restored in just the past 9 months. The legislators have received hundreds of letters, calls & visits from Oklahomans in better health.