Posted: 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
By Chris Cordt
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. —
A pair of marijuana bills have been filed in the Oklahoma Senate.
Senate Bill 902 directs the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to develop rules for use of medical cannabis. It was filed by Senator Constance Johnson, a Democrat who represents the Oklahoma City area.
Right now, nearly 20 states allow some form of medical marijuana.
Senate Bill 914, also filed by Sen. Johnson, would reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Right now, the maximum penalty for possession of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana is up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. If S.B. 914 passes, those penalties would be reduced to a maximum of 10 days in jail and a fine of $200.
Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, yells KRMG that his organization is in favor of medical marijuana. Tvert says, “There is a vast amount of evidence demonstrating the medical benefits of marijuana for individuals suffering from certain debilitating conditions.”
Marijuana Policy Project is also in favor of S.B. 914.