Oklahoma: State Senator Wants Pot Legalized; “Marijuana Has Not Killed Anyone”

Discussion in 'Legalization/Decriminalization' started by Monterey Bud, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Monterey Bud

    Monterey Bud Administrator Staff Member


    Welcome to the club Senator Constance Johnson...

    A Sunday revelation that President BHO, who was quoted in a recent New Yorker magazine article as saying he doesn’t think 'pot is any worse than weed,' has inspired some politicians to speak up.

    And taking things up a notch, is Oklahoma Senator Constance Johnson, who is willing to go out on a political limb, by noting that alcohol is far more dangerous than marijuana...and should be legal.

    Johnson has tried in the past to get legislation approved to legalize marijuana, but it has never passed.

    This year she is trying again, introducing Senate Bill 2116. The bill would allow for the regulation and taxation of marijuana.

    She says this measure would “acknowledge it and legalize it up to one ounce, I believe. That’s our intent.”

    Mark Woodward, with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said, “I’ve seen it wreck more lives than any other drug.”

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics hopes the bill does not make it through the legislature. In fact, Woodward says marijuana is a dangerous drug. He says while a person can take a drink of alcohol and not get drunk marijuana always causes a person to become impaired.

    Woodward believes legislation like this sets a bad example for young people in our state.

    He said, “We’re trying to tell kids to stay off drugs and then they’re seeing voters and legislators voting to legalize getting high on drugs. That makes our job as parents, law enforcement and educators a lot more difficult.”
    Though Senator Johnson strongly believes the drug is not dangerous.

    She said, “We’ve legalized alcohol, which is far more deadly and dangerous than marijuana.”

    She believes Oklahoma is getting closer to legalizing the drug.

    Johnson said, “We’re making progress. I think the things that happened in Colorado will mean more action and activism in Oklahoma.”

    Senator Johnson says a recent poll shows most Oklahomans do in fact support the legalization of marijuana.

    Her bill will be considered during the upcoming session, which begins February 3, 2014.

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