The Oklahoma Capitol had intense drama in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, yesterday. After a room-clearing protest on an anti-abortion bill, the committee eventually heard Senator Lonnie Laxton's package of severe recriminalizing, restricting, and redefining language.
The most notable portion has to do with people suffering ailments in need of immediate medical treatment. Paxton's original language (which we detailed yesterday in 'Paxton Seeks To Nullify Much of Medical Marijuana Law'); was quickly changed. He presented a committee substitute which continues to tax heavy fines on these patients. But he amended the 1-year jail sentence and $1000 fine. He mercifully changed that to a $400 fine on the suffering patient.
We are posting 2 screenshots from the state documents. One is his original intent, the other is his 'compromise' amendment.