Application For Medical Marijuana Legalization To Be Filed By Oklahomans For Health

The activist group’s mission is to educate Oklahoma residents on the benefits of medical marijuana and to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana treatment options for patients who suffer from serious medical conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

“Many patients who suffer from painful conditions are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that are highly addictive and have serious side effects,” said Oklahomans for Health Chairman Chip Paul. “We believe physicians, not the government, should have the ability to determine whether medical marijuana would benefit people who have serious illnesses.”

Oklahomans for Health is lobbying for a law that would allow for marijuana to be grown, dispensed and consumed for medical purposes only, which the Oklahoma State Department of Health would strictly regulate.

“We do not want to see a free-for-all. There would be vigilant oversight for each step of the process. Patients would have to apply for medical cards from the Department of Health and dispensaries must be licensed and able to provide an accurate inventory at all times,” added Paul.

To obtain a medical marijuana card, the initiative proposes that patients be legal Oklahoma residents and pay a $125 application fee. In addition, an Oklahoma Board certified physician must sign off on the cards before they can be used.

To become a licensed dispensary, Oklahomans for Health proposes applicants be Oklahoma residents who are at least 25 years old with the ability to invest at least $100,000 into the business without securing a loan. Dispensary applicants would be required to pay a $2,500 application fee.

To read more, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/ok-medical-marijuana-idUSnBw106129a+100+BSW20140410

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