Oklahoma 47th state to legalize medicinal “Marihana” – Cannabis sativa L.

Green the Vote petitioning for ballot

By: Deborah McGhee and Jamie Weston

Green the Vote representatives collect signatures during Norman Walk.
Green the Vote representatives collect signatures during Norman Art Walk.

HB 2154 (Katie and Cayman’s Law) passed the Oklahoma Legislature and Governor Mary Falling signed a bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in April 2015.

The bill, authored by Sen. John Echols and Rep. Brian Crain shall be effective for use in a pilot program by Nov. 1, 2015 to determine if cannabis oil is an effective treatment for children and adults with severe epileptic seizures.

“This bill will help get sick children potentially life-changing medicine,” said Fallin. “By crafting the legislation in a way that allows for tightly controlled medical studies, we can ensure we are researching possible treatments in a responsible and scientific way.”

Legalization of marijuana by state

Legalization of marijuana by state

Green the Vote, a grassroots organization in the State is petitioning to get the question to expand the limited HB 2154 to include all forms of medical marijuana, not just cannabis oil, on the ballot in time for the November 2016 general election.

“We’ve got to make this happen now, said Isaac Caviness, president of Green the Vote. “We can’t wait on our lawmakers to make this happen, we need this medication now.”

The activists recognize the importance of utilizing a controlled substance to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease for those who suffer from debilitating chronic pain and are working tirelessly to gather signatures for the initiative.

At the Norman Art Walk, volunteers Joe and Bonnie McGuire collected signatures for the Cleveland County chapter of Green the Vote.

“We are trying to legalize medicinal cannabis in the state of Oklahoma,” said Joe McGuire.

The couple travels to local fairs and festivals in the county to increase public awareness and collect signatures for their petition.


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