Updated 4/13 - tabulations audited
SoonerPolitics recently asked our readers to to give input to a poll about marijuana possession. 67% agreed with the move to make it a citation fine, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. 10% disagreed with the change and want all unlawful possession subjectable to arrest, 1 year in jail, and $1000 fine (maximums). 23% chose a 3rd option(other) and commented that a full repeal of the marijuana prohibition is the only action they can even applaud.
On Thursday the Senate Health & Human Services Committee passed HB2614 by a 12-0 bipartisan vote. Among other things, it changes Oklahoma statutes regarding possession of Marijuana without a valid license. It would no longer be a misdemeanor with a potential sentence of 1 year in jail and $1000 fine.
Just 3½ years ago, a little bottle of Hemp Oil would have a mom facing a 5 year prison sentence, according to the statutes in place at that time.
Rep. Jon Echols then began an effort to fully legalize CBD oils, as long as the THC content was only in trace amounts and completely non-psycho-active.
The reforms started then were very well implemented and Oklahomans began benefitting in many ways. CBD (Hemp) Oil is now just another 'essential Oil" that most households use for over-the-counter treatment of a wide variety of health & wellness issues.
The looming crisis of veteran suicides and PTSD problems were another news topic that pressed Oklahomans to look further into cannabis medicines for safe treatment of anxiety & panic attacks associated with past psychological trauma. Many families sent debilitated veterans to Colorado to conduct medical trials, looking for safer alternatives to the massive tranquilizer doses that the VA was administering.
With the Opioid problem getting worse and overdose deaths piling up, many chronic pain sufferers began turning to CBD Oils with matching THC content. While very few of them ever got a 'buzz' from the low doses of broad spectrum Cannabis Oil (often known as Ron Simpson Oil, named for the patient who promoted this industry standard).
Today, patients in more than 30 states can legally acquire RSO for treating arthritis pain and report better results than even the strong opioid drugs they used to take.