Oklahoma courts recently adjudicated some cases which ought to embarrass our people. Those who challenged us to step up to their standards of conduct, seem to have been trying to hide their worst moments regarding their weakest attributes.
At a time when other lawmakers loosened up liquor laws, these and other state & local leaders reveal that liquor has severe dangers when placed into the wrong hands.
Russell Hunter is known for lecturing pro life legislators and even churches. He's been a campaign advisor to gubernatorial candidate Dan Fisher and lately he's been collaborating with senator Joseph Silk. It's recently been revealed that he is facing a year of probation, community service hours, DUI school, and over $1000 in fines & fees for his late summer drunk driving. Sooner Tea Party reports the details of that case.
Bryce Marlatt had a successful run as the state senator for 9 NW Oklahoma counties. He had a 'frat boy' habit of partying in Oklahoma City (hours away from the constituents of Cimarron County). No, he wasn't driving drunk, but he made aggressive sexual advances to the female Uber driver who was taking him from club to club, in the summer of 2017. He resigned when he was indicted later that summer. Yesterday he accepted a plea bargain to reduce the felony sexual battery charges down to a misdemeanor. NewsOk has that story.
Liquor consumption is a major public safety problem. It leads to risky behavior and lack of judgment. But unlike smoking cannabis, liquor intoxication causes drivers to accelerate their speed and believe they are more competent than they truly are.
Cannabis consumers generally slow their driving, to the point of causing traffic backups. They typically avoid getting behind the wheel and just want to 'chill'.
Yet our politicians don't require a physician's recommendation and patient license for the right to purchase liquor. Anyone can brew or ferment their own liquor at home.
We're posting a part of Dr. Kent Hutchison's study findings from the Laureate Institute's recent conference on Cannabis research and the effects on the brain. It clearly shows that liquor debilitates the brain capabilities of our lawmakers and all people.
This coming week our legislators will pass added restrictions on medical cannabis. Before the week is done, they will send the engrossed bill to the governor.
On Thursday night several of them will celebrate the completion of their hard work with a night on the town. And eventually we will see another political career end with night life indiscretions like those that recently brought down legislators Dan Kirby, Ralph Shortey, and Bryce Marlett.