Nearly 8 months after the Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed a medical marijuana initiative petition, the legislature is now reviewing the language of a bill which would bring more clarity to the new law.
Rep. Jon Echols (R-OKC) filed a committee substitute to his previously filed 'shell bill', HB2612. The substance of the bill is the product of unanimous support from the Bicameral Interim Study Group on Medical Marijuana. The group convened last July when the Oklahoma Department of Health inforced several egregious emergency rules which violate the constitutional limits of their authority.
The District Attorneys are still investigating bribery allegations and other frauds committed by the Health Dept. and other agencies, who were trying to hamper or destroy the law which the voters enacted constitutionally.
A coalition of patient groups, business associations, and civil rights advocates worked with the Interim study group to bring clarity to the very loosely-written law.
From that document, Interim Study co-chair, Jon Echols, further honed the document and last Wednesday the group added about 20 other amendments before unanimously recommending the legislation to the legislature.
Here are some that the news team at Tulsa World believes stood out.