Medical marijuana supporters file petition to get topic on Oklahoma ballot

Supporters of medical marijuana filed an initiative petition Friday seeking a public vote on whether to make medical marijuana use legal in Oklahoma.
by Randy Ellis Modified: April 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014
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Supporters of medical marijuana filed an initiative petition Friday seeking a public vote on whether to make medical marijuana use legal in Oklahoma.

Supporters will need to gather 155,216 signatures over a 90-day period to get the issue on the Oklahoma ballot.

The petition seeks to make it legal for Oklahoma doctors to prescribe marijuana for 37 separate ailments, including AIDS, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, migraines, premenstrual syndrome, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and severe nausea.

The petition was filed by Charles “Chip” Paul on behalf of a Tulsa-based organization called Oklahomans for Health. A telephone call to the number listed for that organization reached an answering machine for Palm Beach Vapors. The voice message identified Paul as Palm Beach Vapors’ chief executive officer, but he could not be reached for comment.

The state Health Department would license and regulate medical marijuana under the proposed state constitutional amendment.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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