Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a date for the initiative petition proposal to allow doctors to prescribe medical uses for a series of cannabis byproducts.
This would put a class of treatments originating from the marijuana plant on the same legal status as Demoral and other products from Poppy plants. Morphine has long been a drug used in hospitals, military battlefields, and for severe pain control needs, including those in the last stages of cancer.
Opponents claim this is just a slippery slope toward the eventual legalization of recreational pot smokers. Just as Oklahoma's 1959 repeal of liquor prohibition returned the matter to individual counties; it now contributes to many deaths from liquor overdose, liver disease, and traffic fatalities.
But the Colorado experiment seems to have dispelled many myths and their statistics suggest that the change even cut down on drunk driving tragedies. Colorado is encouraging other states to adopt their public policy so that desperate individuals seeking legal medical treatment from cannabis products do not uproot their families and emigrate there, potentially putting a strain on their social services, should a family fall on hard times.
Many politicians have expressed concern about the State Question appearing on the November General Election ballot. They feel it would lead to a massive rise in younger voters who do not share the same fears as the elderly voters.
In 2002, the Cock Fighting state question led to a massive increase from areas of "Little Dixie" (southeast Oklahoma) where the electorate were 80%+ Democrat, and led to Brad Henry's narrow win over Republican Steve Largent & Independent Gary Richardson.
A Washington TV station conducted a test of what marijuana does to driving competency. their results show that pot intoxication leads to slower driving, whereas liquor intoxication leads to fast & careless driving.