|[April 10, 2014]
Oklahomans for Health to File Application for Legalization of Medical Marijuana
TULSA, Okla. --(Business Wire)--
On April 11, 2014, Oklahomans
for Health will submit an application for petition with Oklahoma
Secretary of State Glenn Coffee, which would let voters decide whether
medical marijuana should be legalized in the Sooner State.
The activist group's mission is to educate Oklahoma residents on the
benefits of medical marijuana and to allow doctors to prescribe
marijuana treatment options for patients who suffer from serious medical
conditions such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.
"Many patients who suffer from painful conditions are prescribed
pharmaceutical drugs that are highly addictive and have serious side
effects," said Oklahomans for Health Chairman Chip Paul. "We believe
physicians, not the government, should have the ability to determine
whether medical marijuana would benefit people who have serious
Oklahomans for Health is lobbying for a law that would allow for
marijuana to be grown, dispensed and consumed for medical purposes only,
which the Oklahoma State Department of Health would strictly regulate.
"We do not want to see a free-for-all. There would be vigilant oversight
for each step of the process. Patients would have to apply for medical
cards from the Department of Health and dispensaries must be licensed
and able to provide an accurate inventory at all times," addd Paul.
To obtain a medical marijuana card, the initiative proposes that
patients be legal Oklahoma residents and pay a $125 application fee. In
addition, an Oklahoma Board certified physician must sign off on the
cards before they can be used.
To become a licensed dispensary, Oklahomans for Health proposes
applicants be Oklahoma residents who are at least 25 years old with the
ability to invest at least $100,000 into the business without securing a
loan. Dispensary applicants would be required to pay a $2,500
If Oklahoma's Secretary of State and Attorney General sign off on the
petition, Oklahomans for Health has 90 days to gather 190,000
signatures. Once the signatures are verified, a medical marijuana state
question would be placed on the November 4, 2014, general election
The move comes on the heels of a poll
where 70% of Oklahoma residents said they would support a law allowing
medical marijuana use.
Oklahomans for Health estimates lobbying and public outreach efforts
will cost about $2-million. "This is a challenging process, and we need
financial support to make this initiative a reality," said Paul. For
this reason, Oklahomans for Health is conducting an outreach campaign
meant to generate funding for the cause.
Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana
"These states have not experienced increases in crime or corruption.
Medical marijuana laws are working, and the people of Oklahoma are smart
enough to decide whether patients and doctors should have the right to
prescribe marijuana," added Paul.
ABOUT OKLAHOMANS FOR HEALTH
for Health is an activist group that is spearheading a statewide
movement to allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana as treatment
options for Oklahoma residents who suffer from serious illness.
Oklahomans for Health's lobbying and public outreach efforts are
designed to generate support for a state question on the November 4,
2014, general election ballot where Sooner State residents will vote to
legalize medical marijuana use under strict oversight by the Oklahoma
Department of Public Health. To learn more about the effort or lend your
financial support, visit www.OklahomansForHealth.com.
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