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January 24, 2013

Medical marijuana in state?

NORMAN — State Sen. Constance Johnson continues her fight to allow medical marijuana use in Oklahoma. The Forest Park Democrat has again filed legislation seeking to adopt rules allowing medical marijuana use in the state.

This is not her first attempt. Sen. Johnson’s never got a committee hearing this past year. Her plan would direct the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to develop rules that allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions.

She also proposes developing rules for licensing, production, distribution and consumption of marijuana. The Senate’s chair of Health and Human Service Committee declined a hearing request last year, saying it was a federal issue.

It’s also a state issue. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws providing for medical use. Additionally, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use.

Sen. Johnson’s effort won’t likely get a hearing this year either. The head of the state’s Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has said he will fight any attempt at legalization of marijuana for any use.

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