LINDSAY, Okla - Danny Daniels, an evangelical Christian in the rural
Oklahoma town of Lindsay, is reliably conservative on just about every
The 45-year-old church pastor is anti-abortion, voted for President
Donald Trump and is a member of the National Rifle Association who
owns an AR-15 rifle. He also came of age during the 1980s and believed
in the anti-drug mantra that labeled marijuana as a dangerous gateway
But his view on marijuana changed as his pastoral work extended into
hospice care and he saw patients at the end of their lives benefiting
from the use of cannabis.
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A medical marijuana activist in Oklahoma says the county sheriff
forcibly escorted him out of a forum, but the sheriff says he thinks
the scuffle was an "orchestrated" deal with an attempt to rattle law
Chip Paul, co-founder of Oklahomans for Health, said he was attending
a forum about the proposed legislation for legalizing medical
marijuana when he was forced out by Rogers County Sheriff Scott
Walton. The organization is the official proponent of legalizing
medical cannabis in Oklahoma through State Question 788.
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On Nov. 21, 2012, Sheila Bartels walked out of the Sunshine Medical
Center in Oklahoma with a prescription for a "horrifyingly excessive"
cocktail of drugs capable of killing her several times over.
A short time later, she was at a pharmacy, receiving what drug addicts
call "the holy trinity" of prescription drugs: the powerful painkiller
Hydrocodone, the anti-anxiety medication Xanax and a muscle relaxant
known as Soma.
In total, pharmacists handed her 510 pills that day - all legal,
because she had a prescription with the signature of her doctor, Regan
Ganoung Nichols, scrawled at the bottom, according to a probable cause
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