In Oklahoma, a marijuana brownie has a potential life in prison charge with the overwhelmingly supported House Bill 1798. It passed with a house vote of 75-18 and a Senate vote of 44 to 2 to make any kind of hash production, like a kief screen, or any kind of cooked cannabis product, like a pan of Alice B Tokeless brownies, a felony worthy of a $50,000 fine with two years to life. Then there was the Oklahoma mother who was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and away from her children over selling $9 worth of marijuana to a co-worker. So it should be no surprise that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is not going to be an ally for activists in the state who are exploring their options of getting medical marijuana legalized in Oklahoma.
In an online town hall forum she stated very clearly that she is firmly opposed to legalizing marijuana for medical reasons or otherwise. Gov. Fallin says she personally analyzes hundreds of pardon and parole requests each month and by her own estimate 90 percent of those in the system are struggling with substance abuse. She theorizes that many of those began with smoking marijuana. The online forum was hosted by the Oklahoma Republican Party, and Governor Fallin took questions that were posted on the state’s GOP facebook page.
Like many online forums, townhall meetings and questions sessions, dozens of questions for the governor were about legalizing marijuana, allowing for the medical use of marijuana, and exploring revenue possibilities from legal sales of cannabis. Earlier this year, a relatively strict bill to allow medical marijuana in the state for qualifying patients to have up to only 1 ounce of medical cannabis was never even granted a hearing.