Oklahoma's Support For Medical Marijuana Remains High

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Recent polling by Oklahoman's For Health indicates that a majority of Oklahoman's would approve a medical marijuana program.

A recent Oklahoma SoonerPoll found that 60% of Oklahomans support the legalization of medical marijuana in the state. "We're excited and encouraged by the overwhelming support Oklahoma voters have consistently shown for the use of cannabis as medicine," said Chip Paul, chairman of the medical marijuana advocacy group Oklahomans for Health. Most participants who were polled, in fact 60% are over 55 years old, indicating strong support for an issue that is already popular among younger voters. “Normally, when almost two thirds of our polling respondents are above age 55, we would expect to see much lower supportive numbers,” Paul said.

Oklahomans for Health also asked if Oklahoman’s would support a medical marijuana program on Indian Tribal land. A recent federal ruling allows Indian Tribes to enact marijuana legislation, similar to a state, and be legal under federal laws. Surprisingly, even with almost two thirds of the respondents over age 55, the results showed that 43% of Oklahomans would support such a program on Indian Tribal land. “I am sure this is much more support than the Oklahoma Indian tribes had when they were considering allowing gaming.” Paul added.

The organization also asked if Oklahomans would support a recreational marijuana program similar to Colorado. Polling showed that 31% of respondents would support a recreational program in Oklahoma. “A recreational marijuana program is not our issue, although we thought it beneficial to ask the question. We are about getting a robust medical marijuana program here in Oklahoma. Patients around the country are turning to cannabis to help alleviate a variety of medical conditions. It's time to give people access to the medicine they need and want," Paul said.

Oklahomans for Health is the organization that petitioned for medical marijuana in Oklahoma last year. While falling short of the 130,000 signatures needing to get on the ballot, the group successfully garnered about 80,000 signatures, and did it all on a budget of $45,000. The 401c4 organization plans on petitioning again in 2015, probably in the August to October timeframe. More information about Oklahomans for Health can be found at http://www.oklahomansforhealth.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oklahomansforhealth

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