COVER: Marijuana quest

As we near a state vote on medical marijuana, Oklahoma Gazette looks at the issue from all angles.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of weekly stories focusing on issues surrounding the possible legalization of medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Advocating respite

A new tactic by Waiting List Caucus is on track to bring relief to families waiting years for services.
In mid-March, Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, introduced legislation designed to create a respite waiver program for families and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities.

Front and center

This election cycle, women are raising their hands.
A week before the lowest number of women lawmakers since 2010 were headed to the Oklahoma Capitol for the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, women from across Oklahoma gathered in a Tulsa hotel conference room for the one-day, nonpartisan Pipeline to Politics educational program, which seeks to increase women’s participation in politics.

Next Issue: Oklahoma Gazette begins its weekly coverage of issues surrounding the possible legalization of medical marijuana in Oklahoma

P. 4 In anticipation of the June 26 state question, Oklahoma Gazette begins its weekly coverage of issues surrounding the possible legalization of medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Gaming decision

Citizen Potawatomi Nation plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court following a decision by a federal appeals court.
In February, a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the arbitration agreement in the Oklahoma Model Tribal Gaming Compact, calling it unenforceable.

No. 14

James Gallogly, former oil executive, emerged from a closed search as the board of regents’ pick for OU president.
In early February, Dean Suzette Grillot penned an open letter to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, respectfully requesting they release names of the finalists for the University of Oklahoma president and provide an opportunity for university stakeholders to engage with those under consideration to lead the state’s flagship university.

Advocacy alert

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform push for realistic sentences, parole rates and treatments.
After spending nearly a year campaigning on the effects of tough-on-crime policies that have packed the state’s prisons and jails to the bursting point, largely with Oklahomans suffering from addiction and mental health problems, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) leaders felt confident that the two ballot measures they put before state voters in the 2016 November election would drive change in the discussion on criminal justice reform.

Deep cut

Lawmakers have their sights on Medicaid with proposals that could result in fewer low-income Oklahomans receiving benefits.
Oklahoma will soon hire a private contractor to crack down on Medicaid fraud, identifying people who might no longer be eligible for the low-income health program and sending recommendations for benefits cancelation.

March On Oklahoma was born from the Women’s March on Oklahoma

The Jan. 21 women's marches in Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., and the rest of the country are believed to be the largest single-day demonstration in recorded United States history.

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