Category Archive for: health

Fallin Approves Controversial Rules on Medical Marijuana

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed emergency rules regulating Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry a day after they were introduced by the State Board of Health. Although the industry said more regulations were needed to ensure the new law could be effectively implemented, her decision Wednesday set off a firestorm of commentary about controversial provisions that were…Read More

Recreational Marijuana Over Halfway to Signature Goal

Just weeks after Oklahomans voted for medical marijuana, another initiative petition could expand the state’s laws to include recreational use. Supporters of State Question 797 began gathering signatures before the June 26 statewide ballot that saw more than 56 percent of voters approving of medical cannabis. Isaac Caviness, president of Green the Vote, hopes that…Read More

Nov. Ballot: New Petition Pushes for Recreational Marijuana

Amid efforts to establish a new medical marijuana industry in Oklahoma, activists want to enshrine the right to use marijuana — both for medical purposes and recreationally — in the state constitution. Green the Vote, headed by Tulsan Isaac Caviness, is promoting two state questions — 796 and 797 — of which it filed notice…Read More

SQ788 Passes Overwhelmingly, Time for Regulations

The big story from the June 26th primary was the overwhelming approval by voters of SQ788. We had hopes that the swing by Republican voters in the last few weeks would push numbers into the ‘no’ category. But there was no way to model for the deluge of voters who showed up to vote on…Read More

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk: The Smoke over Medical Marijuana

A comprehensive 2015 scientific review found medical marijuana to be useful only for a small number of medical conditions. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an international team of researchers found scant evidence to support broad claims for the drug’s effectiveness. Although clinical trials showed that chronic neuropathic pain and cancer-related pain could…Read More

Dr. Kevin Taubman Issues Statement on SQ788, Med-Marijuana

Oklahomans must realize this upcoming ballot is a vote on Oklahoma State Question (SQ) 788, NOT true Medical Marijuana as advertised. This is a bad public health policy and that does not resemble a legitimate medical treatment program. If passed, this legislation will create a flawed framework that effectively is a shell bill for recreational…Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Arkansas Abortion Law

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a controversial Arkansas abortion law blocking medication-induced abortions. The law, passed in 2015, says that any physician who “gives, sells, dispenses, administers, or otherwise provides or proscribes the abortion-inducing drug” shall have to have a contract with a physician who has admitting privileges at a nearby…Read More

Catholic Conference Joins Coalition Against SQ788

A coalition of medical professionals, law enforcement officials, business leaders and members of the faith community filed papers Tuesday with Oklahoma’s Ethics Commission to formally oppose State Question 788 in hopes of defeating it. The name of this new coalition is ‘SQ 788 is Not Medical.’ Organizations signing on include the Oklahoma Medical Association, Catholic…Read More