analysis by David Van Risseghem:
The voters of Oklahoma created a political earthquake, last June, when they finally succeeded in a major state policy change. Cannabis medicines are now wrestled away from the controls of a nanny-state collection of cops and medical fascists.
Now the legislators are striking back.
Here are just a few of the 57 bills already written, filed, and assigned to committees.
SB763 by Sen. McCortney is very dangerous to patient privacy. It sets monthly caps on THC accumulative purchases. It would enable the OMMA to require dispensaries to report & keep a record of each & every purchase.
It would also set us up for a ban on home-grow because that would render the restrictions as unenforceable.
SB764 More from Sen. McCortney. He wants your other healthcare providers to know all about your Cannabis Med referral. That way you can get kicked off Pain Meds.
And all along I thought HIPPA was supposed to secure your health privacy. Ends up, it assures the govt. the complete access to your privacy, and the right to share your health info with whoever they decide to.
SB305. Sen Daniels filed this. It elaborates upon employment standards and the OMMA patient.
It doesn't set off any alarms with me, after one cursory skimming.
SB765 Sen. McCortney evidently knows something that none of the rest of us do. His bill bans all smoking of cannabis medicines wherever tobacco smokers are prohibited.
Not because cannabis is addictive (which its not).
Not because it has a lot of tar and other carcinogens (which it doesn't).
But probably because he thinks you sick people are just too disgusting when you do it in front of nice people.
(yeah, I'm very sarcastic and I don't care.)
SB811 Sen Smalley filed a bill to move all medical marijuana research to a federal oversight and ban the ODH from authorizing any such activity.
(Because we're only suppose to discover what the feds want us to?)
SB887 & HB2601 by Sen Kim David; is the same as Rep. Jon Echols ' HB2601. It is a bit confusing in that it might be a county permit for a license holder to exceed personal limits.
Or it might be read to be every bit as harmful to patients and the dispensaries as Sen. Murdock's Countywide ban bill.
It allows a county to charge UNLIMITED FEES of any license holder in the county.
A $500,000 license is essentially the same as a criminal ban.
Sen. David's district is Wagoner County.
SB612 Sen McCortney's SB612 seems sensible. It stipulates the fine for fake MMA ids. $500 and/or 1 year in jail. It could be way worse, given the latitude the judge would otherwise have.
SB768 All those horrible testing standards that the Health Dept. tried to force upon us, last July..
Sen. McCortney's bill would give the Health Dept. Full authority to come up with even worse requirements on growers, Processors, and Dispensaries.
SB325 This is the most hostile of all the bills filed. Sen. Casey Murdock represents 9 counties of NW Oklahoma. He wants a 'do-over' of the state question. But he wants each county's voters to have the power to ban the medicine in their county. An ill person could end up in jail if they travel with their daily maintenance pain medicine, or the oils they use to prevent their child from enduring seizures.
The bill was sent to the Rules Committee, which means that the Senate leadership wants to contril it's fate. Often times the bill never gets out of that committee. Many folks call the Rules Committee "jail" for the bill. But a Senate Pro Temp can also bring that bill out of 'jail at a moment's notice and call a floor vote on it.
SB162 & SB213 Sen Standridge was going to be the new Senate Health Chair. He somehow got demoted when the new leadership team came to power. He wrote a corrective bill to allow general practitioners authority to recommend medical marijuana.
It may be a good sign of tacit support. Rob is a friend and ally on many political issues, but he sided with Yen last winter.
Senator Larry Boggs wrote an identical bill (SB213)