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Marijuana rally scheduled Wednesday

Tim Farley February 10th, 2014

Medical marijuana supporters will rally at the State Capitol 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 as part of a movement to reform the state’s strict pot laws.

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Medical Marijuana Day will consist of lobbying, advocacy and training, according to Norma Sapp, director of the Oklahoma chapter of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

An advocacy training session in Room 104 is slated for 10 a.m. The meeting is designed to help citizens understand the most effective way to lobby their representatives and how to follow a bill as it progresses through the legislature.

Volunteers from NORML will be on the 4th floor Rotunda all day to arrange meetings between voters and their legislators.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana measures. Two states — Colorado and Washington — approved broader legislation that allows for pot to be sold, regulated and taxed.

According to 2013 survey data from, 71 percent of likely Oklahoma voters support medical marijuana. Other survey results show 57 percent prefer treating minor marijuana violations as noncriminal, fine-only offenses. Sixteen other states have decriminalized possession on first offenses.

State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Forest Park) introduced a bill for this legislative session that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana. Two other marijuana-related bills from the 2013 legislative session remain alive, including a proposal to allow physician-prescribed marijuana.

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