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Medical Marijuana Bill Proposed in State Senate
State Senator Constance Johnson files separate bills to form a medical marijuana program in Oklahoma and to reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts.
Sen. Johnson filed S.B. 902 which would direct the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to develop and adopt rules that allow people suffering from debilitating medical conditions to us marijuana with a doctor's prescription. It would also establish fees for the licensing, production, distribution, and consumption of marijuana for medical purposes.
S.B. 914 would reduce the maximum penalty for possession of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana from one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 to 10 days in jail and a fine of $200.
This is not Senator Johnson's first attempt at getting medical marijuana legalized in the Sooner State. Since winning the senate seat in 2005, Sen. Johnson has proposed three bills that would have legalized marijuana for medicinal usage. All three have failed.
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians. At least ten more states are expected to consider similar legislation this year, and such bills have already been brought forward in Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and New York.
Posted: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 03:16 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Oklahoma schools hit by tornado had no safe rooms
May 21, 2013 21:14 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- An emergency official says Oklahoma has reinforced tornado shelters in more than 100 schools across the state, but the two that were hit by this week's storms in suburban Oklahoma City did not have them.
Albert Ashwood is director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He told reporters Tuesday it's up to each jurisdiction to set priorities for which schools get limited funding for safe rooms.
Ashwood says a shelter would not necessarily have saved more lives at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children sheltering in above-ground classrooms were killed. He says no disaster mitigation measure is absolute.
He says authorities are going to review which schools have safe rooms and try to get them in more schools across the state.
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