Even as our nation experimented with the notion of a constitutional ban on liquor, there was always a medical liquor program. A physician could write a prescription for a patient to buy a pint of hard liquor for a $3 federal fee. The drugstores sold the only legal liquor for about $3-4 per pint.
But the citizen had to claim a medical disorder and a physician had to agree that the proper medicine is liquor. Even biblical texts support this as a form of medical care. One new testament apostle relayed to another prominent bishop that a traveling physician & associate has directed that the bishop regularly consume a small amount of wine, to treat a digestive disorder he'd been diagnosed with.
When Federal bans were thrown off by another vote of more than 75% of the states, Oklahoma remained constitutionally opposed to liquor and our state's first 52 years were as a completely 'dry' state.
For more than 52 years Oklahoma has also been keeping a cannabis prohibition. The fact that we carved out a medical exception recently, is just a slight nuance to that prohibition.
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A state-licensed physician has special powers. Without that power, a patient cannot utilize the cannabis for any scenario. A patient has to pay whatever the physician charges for this.
The state retains a licensing power. A license is a privilege to do that which is otherwise a crime. Even if one's life is in danger, medically; punishment is a result of not complying.
Every citizen has to pay all the govt. fees and give up essential privacy rights to the govt. in order to save one's life from health failure. And one must wait weeks for permission.
Despite the cannabis being native to our state, If it grows under your domain, you are a criminal. You had a legal duty to kill it. But poison ivy plants can grow freely on your land.
The state retains power to limit your medicine-producing plants. You can't create a future supply, lest you skirt the 2 year license. You must destroy it at the end of your license term.
Even though over 180,000 Oklahomans have a license to possess, they cannot help each other in times of need. Generosity is a crime. Let your neighbor die or spend more money.
Patients now must deny their right to life & self defense and beg the govt. for prior permission to treat a life-threatening condition. We must admit a defect, & beg, & pay. Even if it's self evident & you're a physician, you must pay another physician & get their permission.
Like every other 'prescription med', Cannabis is part of the broad prohibition that our govt. has incrementally set up. Your right to control your healthcare is deeply curtailed. Govt. controls it.
The states still use this same abuse of human rights to charge citizens for access to thousands of other drugs. It's created a huge boost to the medical & pharmaceutical industry.