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People rally over medical marijuana in Tulsa

Posted: 5:37 PM, Jul 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-24 18:37:39-04

The battle over medical marijuana is still far from over.

The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to meet after the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office said it was overstepping with their rules on the drug.

Many Oklahomans are upset after regulations were put on State Question 788 - just weeks after passing.

On Sunday Mad as Hell Marches - in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City - rallied against the rules that the Department of Health and Governor Mary Fallin approved saying it's not what they voted for.

"We really didn't want to get legislation involved, but now it is time to get involved,” Green the Vote’s Ashley Mullen-Lowry said. “We need somebody else to be our voice of reason that has a position within the state.”

This past week, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office said the State Board of Health was overreaching.

"When they start saying that women must have a pregnancy test before they can even qualify for a medical card and now businesses must be a 1000 ft. away from schools, daycare facilities, and churches,” Mullen-Lowry said.

Ashley Mullen-Lowry, a local chapter leader for Green the Vote, says the rules came without warning.

Chris Moe, a Green the Vote volunteer, says he's tired of electing lawmakers who don't listen and that the point of State Question 788 passing, was to save lives.

"I spend the first half of my day, every day, taking phone calls from people who are dying, that are suffering,” Moe said
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But Moe says too many lawmakers are making decisions about cannabis without knowing the facts.

"I literally educate lawmakers when I'm in these meetings about what cannabis is,” Moe said. “Most of them didn't even know how long the growth cycle was.”

Moe says he, along with the thousands of people who voted for SQ 788, will make sure lawmakers hear them in November.

Meanwhile, the State Board of Health said it will look at the regulations again.

The president stating the board has done an incredible job preparing to implement the new program.

 

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