Tulsans weigh in on medical marijuana ahead of the June 26 vote on SQ 788

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 21:14:57-04

TULSA - The vote a lot of people are talking about is only three weeks away, should marijuana be legalized in Oklahoma under certain constraints? 

We've met 19-month-old Lincoln Pool before.

She's the "miracle baby" doctors diagnosed with Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy at birth. 

“I think I just always knew she was a fighter, she’d pull through it," said Lincoln's mom Lauren George. 

Doctors said she wasn't supposed to be able to move, feed herself or talk, but she's standing up to them. 

However, the road to a normal life has been tough. 

“She was having seizures, she was on two pharmaceutical medications.”

She's been suffering from side effects of her diagnoses going from doctor to doctor.

“She started on CBD Oil last March.”

Lauren said her neurologist wrote her a prescription for a cannabis compound called CBD in the form of an oil. 

“Her seizures almost immediately stopped.” 

She'd never seen anything like it. 

 “People need to know that it can influence multiple areas of medicine.”

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal said marijuana or its related compounds have many benefits. 

The group Yes on 788 brought him to Tulsa to teach medical professionals what those are. 

“And that can really help the brain recover from something like epilepsy, every seizure is an injury to the brain," he said. 

He said research shows it can help people like Lincoln. 

“If something can help someone you should make it available for medical purposes, forget about anything else," he said.

The Tulsa Police Department posted a poll this week asking for opinions. 

Out of about 4,000 voters, 92 percent say they'll vote yes in three weeks. 

But some of the other 8 percent said bill 788 has "too many loopholes" and marijuana is "bad, bad stuff."

“Babies can suffer or we can change something," she cried. 

Lauren said no argument rivals what she's seen for herself. 

“We’ve gone through seeing her struggle and have seizures to nothing, and I feel like living up to her full potential right now.”

Governor Fallin set the vote for June 26. 

If passed, State Question 788 would legalize medical marijuana for patients with a license given to them by a doctor. 

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