KOKI Fox23 reports that Oklahomans For Health released the results of a statewide poll regarding the medical use of Cannabis products under direct supervision of a licensed physician.
According to Oklahomans for Health, a new poll found that 62% of Oklahomans support State Question 788, a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
Oklahomans will cast their votes on SQ788 on June 26.
Oklahomans for Health issued a news release Thursday with the polling information and a statement regarding recent criticism for the wording of SQ788. People have pointed out the lack of medical conditions, in particular.
"The intent of no medical conditions is that it forces the professional recommendation squarely on the shoulders of the physicians, whereas in other states they are just checking a box. We think the decision of whether a patient should get a prescription should rest with the medical professional," said Chip Paul, chair of Oklahomans for Health.
According to the Sooner Poll, 73 percent of Oklahomans support the physician recommendation section of SQ788.
“We’re cautiously optimistic. There’s clearly still a lot of work to be done by passionate volunteers who believe in the research. Oklahomans know there is a way out of the opioid epidemic, and that’s medical cannabis. Patients and physicians have a right to converse about this solution.” said Aaron Baker, OK4H board member.
“A focus on education is key as we head into the June vote. We feel it is of vital importance that people understand that the minimal Oklahoma medical marijuana provision currently in effect leaves the vast majority of people with no legal option for cannabis as medicine." says Bridget K. Wood, OK4H board member.
According to the poll, a solid 73% of Oklahomans indicated they would support the physician recommendation section of SQ788.
The group also queried support for farming of agriculture hemp which polled at 58% favorable which is no surprise considering the positive economic impact its production would have on the state.
Chip Paul, OK4H co-founder states: "There is plenty to be done before June 26th to make this a success."
Oklahomans for Health’s questions in this quarter's poll were sponsored by Ryan Early of Can-Tec Labs headquartered in Oklahoma City.