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Opponents of marijuana state question cite lack of regulation

Opponents say the biggest problem with State Question 788 is that it is too broadly written, meaning only minimal controls are possible over what is a Schedule 1 drug.

SQ 788, which will appear on ballots across the state June 26 through an initiative petition process, is the "medical marijuana" proposal that would allow residents buy and possess limited amounts of marijuana to treat an array of medical issues.

Mike Haines president of Americans for Equal Liberty dba Vote No OK 788, said the question is essentially an issue of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and he and other critics don't like the idea that the bill would make it almost impossible to impose any types of controls over a drug with unproven benefits and a high potential for abuse (Schedule 1).

Dr. Jean Hausheer, a Lawton ophthalmologist who is president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said those who wrote the bill are dealing with an addictive drug that can have strong and permanent side effects, but they didn't solicit any input from medical professionals, and that is just one of the criticisms she and other medical professionals have.

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