A group called Oklahomans for Health is traveling the state collecting signatures in support of legalizing medical marijuana.
The nonprofit organization was formed for the purpose of getting a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot in Oklahoma and it has high hopes for a marijuana law in Oklahoma that would allow physician-prescribed marijuana in the state.
According to the group’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/oklahomansforhealth, “The debate over whether marijuana, prescribed by a physician, is useful and beneficial in treating certain medical conditions is over.
“There is no question that marijuana is a helpful and extremely beneficial medicine in certain instances. There are countless studies, which are readily available on the Internet, which clearly demonstrate its benefits.”
Tuesday, the group set up in Durant to collect signatures and has moved on to other parts of the state. If you wanted to sign, you didn’t miss your chance though.
A petition was left at a local business for those who want to support the movement. Rock It Fashions on Evergreen Street in Durant has the petition ready to sign on their front counter.
Owners Landon and Brandi Miller said they feel citizens should have the option of not only medical marijuana but recreational marijuana if they choose.
The petition is strictly for a state question on medical marijuana in November which would allow the people to vote on it instead of the state legislature.
“We feel that Americans have the freedom of choice,” said Brandi, adding that the group is attempting to “not give them [lawmakers] the choice to not give us a choice.”
Brandi said her husband and herself “are not hippies.” They are Christians and Oklahomans who want people to have a vote.
The two talked about the medical properties in the plant such as treatment of cancer, pain, depression and even boosting metabolism.
“It has many medicinal properties,” said Landon as they compared the plant with current man-made prescription drugs available.
The Millers said they do not feel having the petition at their location will affect their business because they are not making anybody sign nor do they want to pressure anybody.
They said they just want to offer the choice and if people do not agree, that is fine.
Oklahomans for Health kicked off their official petition effort with a rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol in on May 28.
They have since visited cities all over the state, including Ada and Ardmore. Oklahoma City is on the travel plans for this weekend.
The organization will be in Oklahoma City Saturday with their petition for a movement they are calling “Invasion OKC.”
Volunteers are planned to fill public easements collecting signatures and donations. The organization officially has 30 more days to gather the needed signatures for the initiative.
The petition requires 160,000 signatures. So far the Millers said there are approximately 86,000 signatures on the petition.
For more information about the petition or Oklahomans for Health visit www.oklahomansforhealth.com.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 634-2162 or on Twitter @jbreger_news