OCPA statement on Obamacare case Texas v. United StatesAfter a federal judge ruled Obamacare unconstitutional today, Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), released the following statement:“Obamacare was sold on a l…
Who’s like whom?
by Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
There’s been a lot of talk lately about which of the gubernatorial candidates is most like the current governor. Let’s look at it.One of the biggest issues in Oklahom…
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Legislative leaders announce that the forming a bipartisan group to come up with a permanent regulatory framework for the implementation of the state question.“The Oklahoma Senate will not undo the will of voters, who spoke loudly by passing State Question 788,” ; said Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat, R-OKC. “While the Health Department and its commissioner did yeoman’s work in drafting emergency rules, the Board of He […]
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Last January a young navy veteran with PTSD was featured in this column because of his complexed struggle with PTSD and other mental health challenges. He pleaded with Oklahoma to make his medical treatment plan legal in Oklahoma. He said that without this, he may never be able to be stable enough to re-enter the workforce full time and get off govt. assistance. He thought the voters had answered his plea on election night. But now he’s not sure t […]
One of the reddest of red states went green on Tuesday (June 26, 2018). Voters in Oklahoma approved a remarkably progressive medical marijuana initiative by a healthy margin of 56% to 43%.
The initiative (in pdf format), State Question 778, allows registered patients to possess up to three ounces of marijuana anywhere and up to eight ounces at home. Patients also have the right to grow up to six mature and six immature plants or have designated caregivers do it for them.
It also creates a system of licensed dispensaries, cultivation, and processing facilities and sets taxes at a relatively low 7%. The initiative also bars localities from using zoning laws to block dispensaries (although they wouldn’t be allowed within 1,000 feet of a school).
But what is most striking about Question 778 is that it does not restrict access to medical marijuana to a list of qualifying conditions. In fact, the initiative language explicitly states that “[T]here are no qualifying conditions” and that the only limitation on a doctor’s recommending medical marijuana is that it must be done “according to the accepted standards a reasonable and prudent physician would follow when recommending or approving any medication.”
The DEA is expected to change CBD scheduling within 90 days.
Marijuana now has an accepted medical use.
The US Food and Drug Administration announced today, Monday June 25, the approval of the country’s first marijuana-based prescription medication. The drug is called Epidiolex and is a plant-derived oral solution of cannabidiol (CBD)—a chemical component of marijuana that does not cause intoxication or a euphoric “high.” The FDA approved it for use in patients aged two and older who suffer from rare and severe forms of epilepsies known as Lennox-Gastaut syndromeand Dravet syndrome, which can develop early in childhood. Epidiolex’s approval also marks the first time the FDA has approved a drug to treat Dravet syndrome.
With the historic approval, the London-based company behind the drug, GW Pharmaceuticals plc, is expecting another consequential decision in the coming weeks: getting the US Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify CBD. The move could open the doors to other marijuana-derived medications as well as ease heavy restrictions on marijuana-related research.
I read Michael Bates’s latest blog post encouraging people to vote no on SQ788 and was struck by his account of a local doctor’s opinion on State Question 788. It’s as if the doctor whom he cites has gotten his information from “Everything You Need to Know About THC” by James Lankford. If Mr. Bates is accurate that this doctor truly believes that “ALL of the health benefits of cannabis are currently available in full spectrum hemp oil [which he apparently sells out of his clinic], without the side effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance found in marijuana,” then the doctor is deficient in facts or Mr. Bates has misunderstood the doctor.
It’s true that “full spectrum hemp oil” has beneficial qualities, but it only scratches the surface. THC is also an important compound. The problem we have now in Oklahoma is that the legal amount of THC in our state (less than three-tenths of one percent) is simply not adequate in the treatment of many diseases. People with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Tourette syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and Epilepsy need access to higher levels of THC. For gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s, THC is crucial for healing.
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