Sooner Politics

  There are 62 clinics in Oklahoma known to be willing & confident to treat ill patients with the newest ‘old medicines’ coming back to Oklahoma. That’s a very small fraction of the entire medical community.  In June the voters strongly approved medical marijuana(cannabis) as a medicine that doctors should be able to utilize at their own discretion, and with oversight from the state physicians boards. Family Practice physicians are especially important in this area of…

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​On August 29, 2018, Eric Levits, writing for the New York Times, declared that Oklahoma teachers had purged the State House of their enemies. He wasn’t wrong. The preceding night, in run-off elections across Oklahoma, conservative GOP legislators who had voted against tax increases as a way to fund teacher pay raises were defeated. For the first time in Oklahoma history, educators came together in a force that couldn’t be reckoned with and fol […]

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Sooner Politics:  House Democrats Call For Special Session On Medical Cannabis Enactment

   Last July I met privately with the House Democrat leader, Steve Kouplen. I thanked him for stepping up to the effort to add some sensible structure to the statutes passed by the people.  Rep. Kouplen’s response was a bit surprising. He was quite pessimistic that anything would come out of these meetings.  That was July. Now it’s September and while Oklahoma  legislators have a lot more knowledge of the  medicines and the industry […]

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  On this day it became legal for licensed dispensaries to sell marijuana plants to licensed patients. The rules set forth by the Oklahoma Dept of health stipulate that all medical marijuana products sold legally in Oklahoma must be brought in to a licensed dispensary from a licensed grower source.  One week ago, the first 40 grower licenses were issued. That meant that those growers could start putting seed into the ground. If those seeds germinated and br […]

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  For the first time this summer, House Majority Floor Leader, Jon Echols, believes that a Special Session just might be averted altogether.  Today the Bicameral Interim Study on Medical Marijuana met for the 7th time. The topic was testing, standards, and labeling.  the Health Dept. discussed their decisions on the creation of emergency rules; namely, which rules they believed they had the constitutional authority to impose for the immediate rollout of medical cannabis, until…

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  House Majority Floor Leader, Jon Echols, has begin the effort to get a month’s worth of interim study consensus converted into a single piece of legislation regarding the state’s newest statutes legalizing a physician’s right to treat patients with cannabis medicines. When the voters of Oklahoma overwhelmingly passed SQ788, they fully intended the medicine to be available to any Oklahoman whose health would benefit from the old medicines derived from the […]

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  One of Oklahoma’s new generation of ‘truck farmers’ is announcing his acceptance by the OMMA to become a Medical Marijuana grower. Ben Neal tells KOTV that he has been growing kale, tomatoes, and other vegetables for five years.”Telling people that I’m a hydroponic farmer, that’s the first thing they say, is oh, medical marijuana. And I’m like no, that’s not what we do. And it was never part of our business plan,” said Neal. “I guess whenever you ge […]

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  The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has released their first registry of physicians who have indicated their credentials and willingness to direct the treatment of qualified patients.   The long and growing list now spans to all corners of the state and all population sizes. From Guymon to Hollis, to Sallisaw, and Tishomingo; licensed and willing physicians are available to consult and examine patients who are hopeful of better results and quality of life. These…

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  Oklahoma’s Republican voters chose rookie outsiders from Tulsa to carry the party standard into the November general election.   Mortgage lender, Kevin Stitt will be the nominee for governor. He has never run for elective office. His south Tulsa County headquarters oversees a nationwide powerhouse in competitive home mortgage lending. Stitt is a Norman native and son of a Christian pastor.  Matt Pinnell will be the nominee for Lieutenant Governo […]

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   Some election nights just leave a politico completely exhausted. This runoff election was one of them.   Tonight we’re talking about the surprises, nail-biters, and the crushing defeats.  The Republican slate for statewide November voting is as follows:Governor: Kevin StittLt. Governor: Matt PinnellAtty Gen.: Mike HunterAuditor: Cindy ByrdCorp. Commish: Bob AnthonyLabor Commish: Leslie Osborn​  Joining them are primary winners:Treasurer: Randy McDaniel​Insura…

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