OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Senator Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma District 28) has reintroduced legislation, Senate Bill 710, to allow patients with qualifying conditions to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
After initially declining to schedule the bill for a hearing, Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Senator Brian Cain has placed Senate Bill 710 on the committee’s agenda for Monday, February 25.
This is, in no small part, thanks to the hundreds of you who contacted your Senators in support of this legislation. The hearing is expected to take place around 2pm in Room 419C of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Those planning on attending in person are advised to arrive early.
Senate Bill 710 would allow qualifying patients to use cannabis with a physician’s recommendation. Patients would be permitted to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to twelve marijuana plants.
SB 710 would also allow the state to license marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers.
Johnson has introduced several measures over the last several years to ease the penalties for marijuana possession, but they typically have not even been granted a hearing.
Tulsa Republican Sen. Brian Crain chairs the panel and says that while he personally opposes the idea, he agreed to hear the bill because of Johnson’s persistence on the subject.