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January 3, 2014

Rocky Mountain highs

NORMAN — The media buzz over recreational pot sales in Colorado has other states looking to grow their marijuana market, but don’t look for any changes in Oklahoma laws.

For several sessions, Oklahoma lawmakers have refused to host hearings on proposed medical marijuana legislation. The champion, Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, hasn’t given up.

Oklahoma may get more marijuana imported from Colorado. Cimarron County shares a border with Colorado, and the sheriff expects to see heavier traffic. It’s still a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Pueblo, one of the closest licensed marijuana retailers.

A poll released this past September shows 71 percent support for medical marijuana and 57 percent support for decriminalization. The SoonerPoll found support for medical marijuana highest in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It was commissioned by Oklahoma’s chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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