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The saga of Oklahoma’s referendum legalizing medical marijuana continues. . . .The measure requires users and sellers to get a license, but there are hardly any other restrictions. This suggests that the real purpose of the initiative was to legalize recreational use, though requiring a license to do so. Critics complained that the referendum was too vague, but supporters said the state could work out the regulation later.
And now it has done so. The state Health Department, which was given authority to establish regulations and to administer the licensing, is requiring that medical marijuana only be administered as medicine. That means, no smoking. The sale of leaves, buds, and other smokable parts of the plant will still be forbidden.
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Nor may the drug be sold in candy–such as gummi bears or chocolate–since that would attract children.
Also, the drug may only be sold by a licensed pharmacist.
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But where’s the fun in that? Rolling a joint, along with passing it around (presumably to other license holders) is part of the marijuana mystique, as is cooking it up in brownies! Requiring a pharmacist also shoots down the plans of dealers to legalize their operations and who have already been buying up space in strip malls for their dispensaries!
And yet, if marijuana is to be used as medicine, what’s wrong with these restrictions? Smoking is bad for you, whether it’s tobacco, marijuana, or any other weed. If it is prescribed to treat diseases, the doses and potency need to be carefully controlled. And surely it’s important to keep this, as with all...
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