Medical marijuana petition starts fight at Capitol
By Keaton Fox
At the Capitol, dozens of people who say the key to alleviating pain and solving health issues is green and leafy. "We really kind of started this as a heart mission more than anything else," said Chip Paul, chair of the nonprofit Oklahomans for Health. Chip Paul is the chair of the nonprofit "Oklahomans for Health". They're behind a petition that would put legalized medical marijuana to a statewide vote. They've started accepting signatures. They need 155-thousand from people across the state. "People are pretty adamant about this issue one way or another either they feel very strongly about it or they're pretty strongly opposed," Paul said. Unlike recent measures in Colorado, this would make it legal only for medical purposes, something the group says is invaluable. "Lots of people need it. I need it. I know a lot of people who need it that could benefit from it," said Loren Coffee, a rally attendee. They say the drug alleviates pain, anxiety and fear---from those suffering from cancer to PTSD. "I don't understand why weed is not a part of our culture now because it helps people who are in so much pain," said Rachel Dely, attendee. But opponents of the plan say it will only bring more problems to the state, saying the benefits haven't been medically proven. Senator Connie Johnson says the benefits aren't medicinal. "I think children that are dying from syndrome are no different from the children who are dying figuratively when their parents are being incarcerated behind simple possession of marijuana," said Senator Connie Johnson. For more information, visit oklahomansforhealth.com
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