At least Three Oklahoma Lawmakers now say that some changes to a newly enacted law need to be made, lest sickly patients be subjected to a loss of privacy and potential law enforcement problems, particularly if they need to travel for further medical treatment. Rep. Scott Fetgatter & Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols have conducted further consultation with the principal author of SB1030, Sen. Lonnie Paxton.
Paxton stated that the intent of his new bill should have given patients added protections from false charges by confirming their legal patient status to law enforcement, if a drug dog indicates that cannabis medicines are present. However, patients and advocates insist that just the opposite may happen, if misapplied.
As currently written, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority MUST turnover patient licensing data to the Dept. of Public Safety, for every cop in the nation to get access to (directly or indirectly).
We received confirmation from both Echols & Fetgatter, that this language will be further addressed.
Even in Oklahoma, some may face DUI charges just from having medicine a few weeks earlier, but completely sober, alert, and fully coordinated.
"The Industry IS Prepared to Legally Stop this" Should this all be Failed Effort.. We do believe there is Grounds to take action if wrongfully implemented...
Both Representatives Agree there is mounting Risk & Privacy Concerns with the Database Set to be Released By the OMMA Neither have Objected & Rep. Fetgatter has said to be actively sharing these concerns with the OMMA & DPS in order to clarify intent..
Rep. Echols went as far as to say "If implemented incorrectly against the intent it WILL be the cause of "Lawsuits" that "We the patients would probably win!"
TO BE CLEAR BOTH.. Representatives have publicly Stated & Taken stance siding with the Industry .... Once again doubling down that actions proposed by the OMMA Newsletter was not the intention of the Law.. But Rather to be An option "IF" Authorized by the patient to AVOID Further harm to the patient in the event of A stop without your patient I.D.
ACTIONS: All three Lawmakers have said they will move to Repeal the statute NEXT SESSION that means up until then our options are to File AN injunction against Implementation.. Or
- Do our best to Clarify the Intent... So the AG (Mike Hunter - 405-521-3921) can stop Implementation of A Law that is a Clear Privacy Rights Violation & An effective Targeting tool ....All falling within the realm of Discrimination against cardholders specifically.
- Lastly If All Else Fails.. SUE SUE SUE Till heads start spinning & Actions are taken to protect out right to privacy & to not be discriminated against.
Both Representatives have agreed to Supporting us...by Attending A Meeting with Officials at the OMMA & The DPS together with our Industry Advocates in order to clarify the Intent in A "Round table" like meeting. So we can make sure they know our Concerns & Understand the Laws True Intent with All parties Present.
WHY IS IT BAD ....YOU ASK??
EXAMPLE 1: ( Patient is pulled over for a simple traffic violation for taglight by a Rural "This is My Town, I Am the Law" Police Department that Is still Forcing Reefer Madness & Decides to Run you name) Boom! He sees your A patient & your Taglight Violation probably would have been a Warning for a Non-Patient becomes A DUID Arrest for The MJ Patient Regardless of when you last medicated...
EXAMPLE 2. (Patient Travels through A BAN STATE & your Oklahoma Tag or Name is Ran & It's Found & your Identified as A Medical MMJ Patient & Now you are Harrassed and Entrapped by Out of State Authorities.) So now that violates your right to travel Roads & Highways Un-Molested without being suspect of committing A crime. ARE THERE PROTECTIONS AGAINST THIS who Gets Access at the end of the day?
EXAMPLE 3. (Cops Get to know Your An MMJ User with NO Reason)... Why not every other prescription Drug people take? Oh wait that requires a Warrant for Blood Test because it's nobodys Business what I have as medicine in my body unless directly related with probable cause related to my offense.