KFOR interactive radar

Marijuana advocate sues Oklahoma sheriff for forced removal

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLAREMORE, Okla. – A marijuana advocate is suing a northeastern Oklahoma sheriff who he alleges grabbed him by the throat and escorted him out of a community forum on a state ballot measure on medical marijuana.

Court records show Charles “Chip” Paul filed the lawsuit June 20 against Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. The lawsuit says Paul spoke quietly to his wife and a deputy during the meeting in Claremore, but wasn’t disturbing the event. Paul alleges Walton used excessive force and violated his civil rights by forcibly removing him.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

Walton couldn’t be reached Wednesday, but he told The Claremore Daily Progress that he was only doing his job and has no regrets.

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved the proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.