We make laws to create boundaries. There are some things society determines the individual shouldn’t do, so they make laws and provide deterrents for those who violate those laws. Occasionally, though, we’ll be presented with the choice to vote on a new laws that instead of creating a boundary, removed one. It’s important to remember when this occurs that like an actual wall in a house, you don’t just blindly remove what’s already there. If you take a sledge hammer to a wall in a house to create an opening you could easily smash through plumbing, electrical wiring or even vital load-bearing support.
Oklahoma’s SQ 788 would remove restriction against the possession and use of marijuana, however, it is in fact the most “liberal” pro-marijuana law ever introduced in the US. Virtually every single valid (and I use that term rather loosely) medical use for marijuana is already legal in Oklahoma, via Cannibus Oil. What isn’t legal is recreational marijuana use, which is the real purpose of this law.
Proponents of the measure claim that since marijuana has been seen stopping seizures in some cases, we should blindly pass the law so “children” can be treated. I actually do suffer from a seizure condition and take medicine for it. This is the first I’ve heard of using marijuana to relieve it, but the truth is, it actually hasn’t been proven that marijuana can stop seizures and the side effects of marijuana are far worse than the seizures themselves.
Marijuana has two, main active ingredients: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and cannabidiol (or CBD). The THC is what gets you high, but the CBD is where all, and I mean ALL, the medical benefits reside. CBD is already legal in Oklahoma. There are plenty or legal, easily obtained sources of CBD for anyone who wants to see if it will help sure their seizures, warts, bed-wetting or whatever. But the main drawback of CBD is you can’t get high from it.
And there’s the rub. SQ 788 isn’t really about “medicine” (which would be why virtual every medical organization in Oklahoma opposes the ballot measure), it’s about getting high whenever you want to.