Medical marijuana supporters rally at the Capitol Friday
By Kristen / Producer
NE OKLAHOMA CITY — Supporters come together for a final push after a three-month campaign to serve up medical marijuana on November's ballot.Mom Tammy Searcy says marijuana could help her 11-year-old daughter Brianna. She gets more than 40 seizures a day, some small, some big."You take one minute at a time because you don't know if you're gonna have the next one," Searcy said.She joined hundreds of others at the Capitol Friday who support using pot as medicine. Dozens showed up to sign the petition which needs more than 155,000 signatures to go through."My father died of cancer and I think his care would've been a lot better with cannabis," said Lewis Giles, who signed the petition and also notorized Friday's documents.Organizers say they've barely slept the last 90 days."My heart and soul and my whole pocketbook went into it," said Elisha Bennett.She's busy working with hundreds of volunteers to register voters.Some, like cancer survivor Donald Holder, who say smoking pot to feel better should not be a dirty secret."Like it used to be if you were gay you were in the closet. Its no different," Holder said. But the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says studies on certain chemicals may be valid but it doesn't support anyone getting high."We're cautiously optimistic just like THC pills may be helpful that CBD oil might be helpful. But were certainly not supporting and no legitimate medical organization does the smoking form of marijuana," said OBN spokesperson Mark Woodward. The families at the Capitol who have kids who have seizures and PTSD hope others see the issue from their eyes."They see her stop breathing one time and it'll change their mind," Searcy said, looking at Brianna.Because for some, they say its their last hope.If successful and voters approve the petition, marijuana would be classified as an herbal drug regulated by the Department of Health.Doctors would then be able to prescribe it for a variety of medical conditions.On Wednesday, Governor Fallin came out in support of legalizing an oil derived from cannabis for medical purposes.Many parents say it's the one thing that can help children suffering from seizure disorders. "As a mother, I am certainly very sympathetic to mothers and children who are facing epilepsy and seizures," said Fallin.Governor Mary Fallin says she does support studying the ability of one chemical inside the marijuana plant.An interim study will look at CBD oil and if the state could support clinical trials.Staff for the Secretary of State say it could take 10 days for them to count the signatures.
KOKH Fox 25 provides, news, sports, weather and local event coverage in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, including McLoud, Shawnee, Tecumseh, Seminole, Wewoka, Maud, Asher, Wanetted, Goldsby, Norman, Blanchard, Chickasha, Pauls Valley, Purcell, Andarko, Bridgeport, Lawton, Duncan, Okarche, Kingfisher, Guthrie Stillwater and Cushing, Oklahoma.