Connie Johnson For Governor

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Cannabis Policy

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As a Senator, Connie Introduced the first ever medical cannabis bill in Oklahoma during the state’s Centennial Year in 2007. 

SB 875 mandated the legislature to perform an objective review of the evidence and make recommendations regarding the medical use of cannabis.

Although introduced amidst much legislative and public condemnation, Connie reintroduced the bill every legislative session during her tenure, finally calling for full legalization of cannabis–including medicinal, industrial and adult use–in her final term. She circulated a statewide petition to fully legalize cannabis in 2014.

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Medicinal

  • Cannabis’ historic use as medicine spans thousands of years.
  • A life-saving, pain management medicine solution that weans people off of addicting, liver and kidney destroying opioids. 
  • Thousands of clinical trials documenting the safety and therapeutic efficacy of cannabinoids.
  • Relieves symptoms of numerous medical conditions including appetite stimulant in debilitating diseases, symptomatic relief of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Tourette’s syndrome, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, among other serious diseases and conditions.
  • Nearly 50% of doctors with opinions support legalizing medical cannabis, and over 80 national healthcare organizations.
  • Can help keep families together for much needed support in their home state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma has 24 families living in Colorado as medical refugees.
  • Has tremendous economic benefits through creation of better paying jobs that anyone should be able to access regardless of previous cannabis-related felony convictions.

Industrial / Hemp

  • Contains less than .3% of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the hallucinogenic cannabinoid of cannabis.
  • Produces life saving Cannabidiol (CBD)–the non-hallucinogenic cannabinoid of cannabis.
  • CBD oil and medical cannabis help wean people off of opioids.
  • Legalization will mean change in thousands of global issues.
  • The US is projected to be a $26.6 Billion market by 2025, and Oklahoma is poised to occupy a major position in that projection.
  • Is indigenous to Oklahoma. It grows naturally alongside our roads (ditch weed). 
  • Can grow up to 4 times per year, compared to only 2 times per year in Colorado.
  • Is now legal to grow in Oklahoma under the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Is easy to grow, and requires little to no irrigation or pesticide use.
  • Can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. 
  • Cellulose has the highest building capacity on the planet.  
  • Produces more fuel, fiber, food and medicine than any other plant on the planet.
  • Literally has thousands of uses.
  • Is good for the environment.
  • Is drought resistant.
  • Replenishes the hi soil. 
  • Remediates environmental disasters.
  • Lessens environmental impacts on forests.
  • Provides a significantly greater rate of return per acre than typical Oklahoma wheat, soy and corn crops.
  • Has potential for higher pay for both skilled and unskilled workers.
  • Has potential for research and development of crops and processing machinery by agricultural & engineering higher education institutions.
  • Gives Tribes, small towns and farmers the ability to diversify their economic futures through hemp farming.
  • Ends the Bureau of Narcotics wasteful, costly and ineffective hemp eradication program.

Adult-Use

Regulation:

  • frees people from using harsh drugs,
  • Would discontinue policies that criminalize nonviolent behaviors in ways that lead to mass incarceration,
  • Would eliminate many current felony charges, and thereby increase employability,
  • Lowers violent crime rates, and
  • Reduces prison population.

Social Equity

Connie promotes and encourages cannabis policies that support people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.

Financial Benefits

  • Increases revenue through a new tax source.
  • Reduces spending on incarceration.
  • Increases rural and urban employment opportunities through farming, research, production and investments.
  • Increases quality of jobs and pay.
  • Allows establishment of an OK state banking system to ensure that funds remain in Oklahoma.
  • Social Equity

Research, Education & Advocacy

To ensure progress on this new area of policy, education and awareness must be ongoing, including potential establishment of a Cannabis Legislative Caucus.