Sooner Politics

Sooner Politics:  Bribery Investigation At Pharmacy Board & Health Dept.

  D.A. David Prater is working with the OSBI to investigate potential high profile bribery charges at the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.   Ezell was evidently offered a higher paying job at the Board of Pharmacy in exchange for inserting language in her team’s proposed rules which would mandate licensed pharmacists at all cannabis dispensaries.   At the Tuesday board meeting a board member (Dr Terry Gerard) presented that amendment languag […]

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Sooner Politics:  Time Running Out on Recreational Marijuana Petition

   A cursory  counting of calendar days and constitutional mandates are just days away from a collision course for the backers of SQ797.  The chart below demonstrates that July 23rd is the final date to reasonably place a state question on the November general election ballot.  The energy and excitement is high for the proponents of SQ797, known as the Recreational Marijuana  petition.  In the past 10 days the signatures have spiked why the State Board of…

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Sooner Politics:  Legislative Interim Study On 'Cannabis Medicines'  Is Commissioned

  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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Sooner Politics:  Gov. Fallin Blames SQ788 Authors For Her Ill-Advised Rulings

  Gov.  Fallin was quick to blame everyone except herself, for the abusive actions that she and the Oklahoma Board of Health imposed on Oklahoma citizens. She signed into force two measures which thousands of Oklahomans immediately called for her to reject. Her words included; ​ “It is unfortunate there was not more consideration given by proponents of SQ 788 as to how challenging it is to place such a quick turnaround on a very complicated subject. […]

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Sooner Politics:  Board of Health Calling Special Emergency Meeting To Amend Marijuana Rules

  In light of today’s opinion from the Attorney General, OBH president, Tim Starkey has advised Interim Director, Tom Bates to prepare for a special board meeting for the purpose of considering changes to the boards Emergency Medical Marijuana Rules.  Earlier today, AG Mike Hunter issued a clear and strong advisory to the board that no less than 8 agency rules exceeded the authority of the agency.  Starkey commends the AG for the prompt review and time […]

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Sooner Politics:  AG Says Board of Health Overstepped Authority

  Attorney General, Mike Hunter, released his legal opinion on the actions of the Oklahoma Board of Health, today. In this advisory opinion, Hunter takes issue with many actions of the board members and the staff who created many extra rules which go beyond the scope that the agency is empowered to create for the governor’s enactment. Hunter’s statements also indicate his opinion that the governor should not have enacted these extra obstacles to what the people of Oklahoma had the […]

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Sooner Politics:  A Navy Veteran With PTSD Says 'Thank You, Oklahoma'

  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 […]

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Sooner Politics:  Marijuana Interim Study  Expected To Be Named Wednesday

“If we don’t correct the health dept. rules, the voters will pass recreational usage.” – Jon Echols   House Majority Floor Leader, Jon Echols, said on Monday that he expects a bipartisan bicameral Medical Marijuana Interim study group to be announced this Wednesday. He added that this is the Speaker’s call, but he expects to play a significant role in this effort, himself. Along with Echols, some other House members he mentioned were Rep. Scott Fetgatter(R-Okmu […]

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Sooner Politics/Republican Party Leaders: 'The Voters' Will Must Be Respected'

 The chairmen of state’s two largest County Republican Committee’s issued a joint press release, calling on the legislature to “reinstate the will of the people and do whatever is needed to oust the bureaucratic authoritarians within the Oklahoma State Board of Health,” ; a news release from the group read.  Both Ward & McLain are key members of the ruling State Committee & the State Executive Committee.  Last week a board of unelecte […]

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Sooner Politics:  A Pharmacist Weighs In On Cannabis Dispensary Rules

​by David Van Risseghem – publisher  On my recent visit to my local big chain drug store, I had the opportunity to discuss Pharmacy issues with the pharmacist on duty.  This local drugstore staff has known me well for several years and are aware of my advocacy on mental health issues, so they make themselves particularly available to answer my questions because they know it will help advance informed public policy on issues they are committed to.&nbsp […]

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