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Oklahoma lawmaker seeks passage of marijuana laws

The measures would reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and establishing a medical marijuana program.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Capitol Bureau mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: January 22, 2013
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An Oklahoma lawmaker who couldn't get an interim legislative study last fall on the benefits of medical marijuana has filed two measures to ease the state's tough marijuana laws.

Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, has filed separate bills to establish a medical marijuana program in Oklahoma and to reduce the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Senate Bill 902 would direct the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to develop and adopt rules that allow people with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana with approval from their physicians and to establish fees for the “licensing, production, distribution and consumption” of marijuana for medical purposes.

SB 914 would reduce the maximum penalty for possessing up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana from a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 to a maximum of 10 days in jail and a fine of $200.

It's uncertain if the bills will get a committee hearing in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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