Oklahomans Rally For Medical Marijuana Initiative


Saturday, May 30th 2015, 10:59 pm
By: News 9


Oklahomans pushing for a stronger medical marijuana initiative rallied at the State Capitol on Saturday.

Organizers said although they made some strides in the past year, it's still not enough for patients who they said really need help.

All smiles now, little Jaqie Warrior looks like any happy two-year-old. But it hasn't always been this way.

“She can hold her head up she can hold things now she had lost all of her development, my baby was on the brink of death every day,” said Brittany Hardy Warrior.

Suffering from severe epilepsy, Jaqie's mother tried every medication.

"Injections, diets, everything, nothing worked for my daughter, she was having over 200 seizures a day."

That's until a doctor recommended Jaqie go to Colorado to take cannabis, and in a year, her seizures dropped by 99 percent.

So to help others, Brittany Hardy Warrior spoke at the Oklahomans for Health Medical Marijuana Rally.

It was a kickoff for a fundraiser to get a petition for a new medical marijuana initiative.

"There's research that says that this is good, and yet our government entities are saying no, you can't have that, and even when 70 percent of us believe in this and support this, our government is still not supporting the will of the people, so we'll just go to the people," said Chip Paul, Chairman of Oklahomans for Health.

Paul said the initiative would call for for access and provisions for growing and distributing medical marijuana, so if you were at patient who feels you may benefit from medical marijuana, you would have to have a doctor's signature to get into a program with guidelines of how it's accessed.

Oklahomans for Health dressed in bright green shirts and held signs and flags supporting their cause. During their campaign last year, Governor Mary Fallin changed her position on medicinal marijuana and signed Katie's Law, which allows parents to treat their child's seizures with cannabis oil on a trial basis.

4/30/2015 Related Story: Gov. Mary Fallin Signs 'Katie's Bill' Into Law

But supporters said the legislation only scratches the surface.

"I support Katie's Law for what little that it does but in all reality it doesn't help the majority of Oklahomans," Warrior said.

“CBD is nothing without THC, my daughter takes 100 mg of THC every day, we are here fighting because we want to bring our daughter home legally.”

Organizers said their petition will be posted online in about three weeks. Then, it can be viewed here.