Oklahoma group using Bible scripture in push to legalize pot
OKLAHOMA CITY – If a local senator and attorney are successful, Oklahoma will look a little more like Colorado when it comes to the use of marijuana.
Sen. Constance Johnson and attorney David Slane announced the filing of a statewide initiative petition to allow comprehensive marijuana reform.
Authorities say that would include legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing the possession of the drug in small amounts.
Sen. Johnson said, “We’ve experienced anything from downright disregard to ignoring us to telling us to, ‘Go to hell’ pretty much. And this is where we’ve had to go. We’re taking this to a vote of the people because we know the people of the State of Oklahoma, in spite of what the policymakers refuse to do, want to have a voice on this matter.”
She added, “We’re putting forth Genesis 1:29 as the basis of this campaign. God created this wonderful, miraculous plant and we know that it has been vilified for the last 100 years, and it’s time to change that in Oklahoma.”
The petition will require more than 160,000 signatures to place the proposed Constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot.