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February 15, 2014

Legal pot in Okla. unlikely

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“These are the worst of the worst who are trafficking in illegal drugs,” Ownbey said. “Obviously we’re not talking about catching somebody with 10 pills who’s having a problem.”

Oklahoma currently has 51 inmates serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for trafficking illegal drugs, and of the state’s nearly 27,000 inmates, many are in for possession (10 percent) or distribution (16.5 percent) of illegal drugs, according to the most recent DOC statistics.

“What we really need is a true rewrite of Title 21, which deals with crimes and punishment,” Williams said. “It’s become filled with all these boutique criminal statutes, all hodgepodged together.”

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