Parents, lawmaker rally for medical marijuana at Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA:Could pot ever be legal in Oklahoma? It’s a question one lawmaker has asked for nearly a decade.

Saturday dozens met at the State Capitol to get the ball rolling on possible medical marijuana legislation. Among them were parents Kelli and Jason Dodson.

“It’s the worst thing that could possibly happening your life, to have a child who receives a diagnosis that is basically a death sentence,” Kelli Dodson said, talking about her daughter Katie who has Dravet syndrome. Dravet is a rare form of epilepsy that could shorten her life.

And her body’s already rejected nearly 20 different medications.

“They’ve all had side effects of their own, some of them have increased her seizures,” said Jason.

That’s why the Dodson’s are calling for change. Asking Oklahoma lawmakers to allow CBD, or low dose marijuana used for medical purposes.

“It’s an uphill battle but it’s one that we have to begin,” said state Senator Connie Johnson (D – Oklahoma City).

Oklahoma has some of the toughest marihuana laws in the country. And the Dodson’s believe loosening of those laws could help Katie.

“It’s helping a lot of kids like her with the same conditions, and we would definitely want the chance to try it  to find out for sure,” Jason said.

Currently, 20 states allow marijuana for medical use. And according to a recent survey by Sooner poll, more than 70 percent of Oklahomans are for it.

 

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