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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 Published: January 22, 2013

Johnson last year sought in interim study on medical marijuana, but the chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee declined her request. Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, said his decision not to allow the study was based on the Oklahoma Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, saying he didn't know how to proceed with the legalization of medical marijuana as long as the federal law says the legalization of medical marijuana is against the law.

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports changing state marijuana laws, 18 states and the District of Columbia allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians. At least 10 more states are expected to consider similar legislation this year.