Coalition created to battle against medical marijuana state question

Coalition created to battle against medical marijuana state question

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FILE – This Sept. 15, 2015 file photo shows marijuana plants a few weeks away from harvest in a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. An Oklahoma coalition comprised of medical, law enforcement, business and faith leaders was created Tuesday to defeat State Question 788, which would legalize medical weed in the state if approved. Voters will decide on June 26. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) Six weeks before a statewide vote, Oklahoma medical, law enforcement, business and religious groups announced a coalition on Tuesday to defeat the legalization of medical marijuana. "This question is too broad and does not have the support of the medical community," said Dr. Kevin Taubman, immediate past-president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association and campaign chairman of the new coalition. A statewide vote on the medical marijuana issue, State Question 788, is scheduled for the June 26 primary election ballot. The name of the new organization, SQ 788 is Not Medical, zeros in on one of opponents’ biggest criticisms of the proposed law change — that it would permit doctors to approve the licensing of marijuana use for practically any purpose. Rather than identifying specific ailments for which marijuana can be prescribed, the proposed law says "there are no qualifying conditions." The Oklahoma State Medical Association is listed as a member of the new coalition. So are such diverse groups as the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, State Chamber of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, Catholic Conference of Oklahoma and Oklahoma District Attorneys Association. The coalition has formed a super PAC, a political action committee that can accept and spend unlimited campaign contributions. “The business community has serious concerns about how this state question is written,” said Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “This state question infringes upon our rights to operate a […]

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