Stories of treatment and survival emerge amid SQ 788 debate

This undated photo shows a marijuana leaf. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report saying synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol, or CBD, sickened a number of people from October 2017 through January 2018. (USFWS MGN)

Stories of treatment and survival are emerging amid a growing debate over medial marijuana in Oklahoma.

Two bad knees and a broken back left Army veteran Chad Draper in excruciating pain.

"I was at a pain level of about 10 out of 10 everyday constantly. And about a month into it I handed my best friend $200 and told him to either come back with a shotgun or something to help alleviate the pain," Draper said.

Living in Colorado at the time Draper was granted his first medical marijuana license in 2011. He says he has been pain free ever since. Stories like Draper's are the ones those against State Question 788 hope you ignore. Instead, they want you to adhere to their ads.

Advocates for SQ 788, like Bud Scott with New Health Solutions, say the latest ad from the "No" campaign isn't as misleading as the last, but still aims to arouse fear.

"Once again they're clinging to half truths and lies, expanding on every issue just trying to scare the Oklahoma Voters," Scott said.

Scott points to the claim in the ad regarding the number of medical marijuana plants Oklahomans would be able to grow.

"State Question 788 allows for the exact same amount that was approved in Amendment 20 when Colorado legalized medical marijuana," Scott said.

The ad goes on to warn of SQ 788's lack of qualifying conditions. While that may be true, Scott says the claim is an insult to Oklahoma's physicians by assuming they are incapable of examining their patients and knowing their needs.

For Draper, medical marijuana saved his life and if SQ 788 passes, he's certain it will save hundreds of others.

"Be there for the vote and let's at least get this started and also let's get the conversation moving in a positive direction so we can help to change other states," Draper said.

Voters have the final say on the issue on election day June 26.

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