A bill to legalize cannabis for legitimate medical purposes was introduced by Oklahoma State Senator Constance N. Johnson it would reverse state law and stop state prosecutions for possession by those with a medical prescription.
SB 902 would amend the Oklahoma Code concerning cannabis. The text of the bill simply states that:
“The State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision shall develop and adopt rules permitting the prescription of medical cannabis by physicians licensed in the State of Oklahoma pursuant to the provisions of Section 480 et seq. of this title.The Board shall establish fees for the licensing, production, distribution, and consumption of medical cannabis and develop policies for the issuance of licenses to prescribers and consumers of medical cannabis.”
This bill, if passed, would effectively nullify federal marijuana laws through non-compliance with the state no longer following federal marijuana laws. In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled against medical marijuana in the states in the case Gonzalez vs Raich. The attorneys general of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, three strongly anti-drug states from the usually conservative South, filed a brief supporting Raich on the grounds of states’ rights. Already, 18 states have marijuana laws on the books – 2 of which are full legalization and not just for medical purposes – leading to an effective nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and regulations on that plant.
While federal agencies still make arrests and prosecutions, the number they have the manpower to carry out are becoming minute in comparison to the many who act without ever running in to federal trouble. The fact of the matter is this – the federal government simply doesn’t have the resources to handle 18 states defying them. And, each new state that joins them makes the house of cards that is the unconstitutional federal war on weed – that much closer to full collapse.
SB 902 was referred to Health and Human Services.
If you live in Oklahoma, contact your state legislator. Let him or her know of your concern over the federal governments continued usurpation of state powers and that you feel that this is a state matter and should be addressed by the citizens of the state and that you expect their support of this legislation. Click for Senate contact information and here for the House.
If you live outside of Oklahoma, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state.
Track the status of marijuana laws in states around the country here: