Gov. Mary Fallin snuffs out talk of legalizing marijuana

During Facebook talk, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin urges coaches, schools and parents to use caution in holding outdoor football practices in triple-digit weather.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: August 5, 2011

Gov. Mary Fallin told Internet viewers Thursday she opposes legalizing marijuana, including for medical purposes.

She also said she is concerned about what effects the prolonged drought — with no relief in sight — will have on the state's agricultural and tourist industries. Afterward, the governor pleaded with parents and coaches to be mindful of continued hot weather when two-a-day football practices get under way next week.

“I just want to ask all of our schools and our coaches and our parents to be very, very careful with two-a-day practices,” Fallin said during a Facebook town hall meeting. “We've got to be really careful with our young students.”

Extreme heat is being blamed for two recent Georgia high school football players' deaths, she said, and Oklahoma high schools and universities should exercise caution.

“It's just not worth it to take a risk with our young men who are starting the two-a-day practices and even the coaches — they've got to be very, very careful,” Fallin said.

GOP event

Fallin suggested coaches adjust the times of practices and try to limit or avoid holding them in the hottest periods of the day. Plenty of water and later starting dates should be considered for outdoor activities, the governor said, noting that the starting time for a Tim McGraw outdoor concert this week at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater was moved back a couple times, with McGraw not performing until 9:30 p.m.

Fallin was the first person featured on the Facebook town hall meeting sponsored by the Oklahoma Republican Party. She spoke by a streaming live video feed from the GOP headquarters in Oklahoma City and answered several questions posed on the party's Facebook page.