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1 US OK: A Call To Action As Deaths Rise From Meth UseWed, 18 Dec 2019
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Goodnough, Abby Area:Oklahoma Lines:204 Added:12/18/2019

TULSA, Okla. - The teenager had pink cheeks from the cold and a matter-of-fact tone as she explained why she had started using methamphetamine after becoming homeless last year.

"Having nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat - that's where meth comes into play," said the girl, 17, who asked to be identified by her nickname, Rose. "Those things aren't a problem if you're using."

She stopped two months ago, she said, after smoking so much meth over a 24-hour period that she hallucinated and nearly jumped off a bridge. Deaths associated with meth use are climbing here in Oklahoma and in many other states, an alarming trend for a nation battered by the opioid epidemic, and one that public health officials are struggling to fully explain.

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2 US OK: Marijuana 'Unity Bill' And Other New Laws To Take EffectThu, 29 Aug 2019
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Forman, Carmen Area:Oklahoma Lines:88 Added:09/02/2019

The medical marijuana "Unity Bill" that sets up a basic legal framework for the implementation of State Question 788 will take effect Thursday.

Nearly three dozen other new laws will also take effect this week.

Here's a look at some of the new laws.

'Unity Bill'

Also known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, House Bill 2612 sets up a framework for regulating Oklahoma's medical marijuana industry.

The lengthy bill that was a compromise between legislators and those in the medical marijuana industry sets guidelines for marijuana testing, tax collections, seed-to-sale product tracking, packaging, employment and more.

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3 US OK: Side effects: Politicians And Marijuana Activists Look AheadThu, 15 Aug 2019
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Forman, Carmen Area:Oklahoma Lines:129 Added:08/15/2019

A year after medical marijuana became legal in Oklahoma, state lawmakers and marijuana advocates seem to have found a balance in implementing State Question 788 and moving the industry forward into the near future.

Sweeping legislation -- the result of a major compromise between legislators and cannabis advocates -- to regulate the medical marijuana industry will go into effect later this month.

Meanwhile, there are whispers of an initiative petition to put the question of legalizing recreational marijuana to a statewide vote, which could shake up Oklahoma's fledgling marijuana industry and the new regulatory framework.

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4 US OK: Bill Would Create Cannabis Commission If Oklahoma LegalizesWed, 24 Jul 2019
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Simons, Mike Area:Oklahoma Lines:25 Added:07/24/2019

Creation of a Cannabis Commission to regulate medical marijuana in the state was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday night with no votes to spare.

House Bill 3468, by Rep. John Jordan, R-Yukon, sets up an independent commission that would be activated if voters approve State Question 788 on June 26. That question would legalize medical uses of medical marijuana, although opponents say its broad construction would essentially make policing recreational use impossible.

"If you're for full-on recreational marijuana, this is not your bill," Jordan said in explaining the bill.

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