Why This Mom Thinks Marijuana Edibles Killed Her Son

COLORADO:  The last time Kim Goodman saw her son alive, it was at a bus stop in central Colorado, and he flashed that toothy smile that she so loved about him.

The Oklahoma family was on a vacation in the Rockies. Her son, Luke, was about to make off on his own to go snowboarding with some of his cousins. She recalls a contented feeling as she saw him leave. They had just had a really long talk the night before, and he looked so full of life — tan, fit, fresh out of Oral Roberts University. Ready for anything.

Days later, he would be dead. Luke Goodman, 22, shot himself once while alone inside a bedroom at a ski resort in Keystone, Colo. That was Tuesday. And in the days since, the Tulsa mother has struggled to reconcile the vibrancy with which her son lived and the violence of his death. The pieces don’t fit: He was so happy when he left her. He loved athletics and was out snowboarding. He was with his cousins, people who loved him more than anything. How could this have happened?

Then her nephew, Christopher Fouler, who was with her son that day, told her. Things began to fall into place. She knew her son had smoked pot before. But he had never had any marijuana edibles, as far as she knew. On the day of the shooting, he had taken five pieces of marijuana candy — four peach tarts and one red velvet. “We are absolutely convinced it was the edibles that led to his death,” Kim Goodman told The Washington Post on Thursday.


Oklahomans Protest Decision To Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Laws

OKLAHOMA:  Protesters gathered Thursday outside of Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office, in an effort to stand up against Oklahoma’s decision to sue Colorado.

Despite temperatures staying below freezing, protesters withstood the cold to spread their message.

“The cold is not going to keep us from standing up for an important issue,” said Steve Long, with the Libertarian Party.

“States have the right to govern themselves and Scott Pruitt, while claiming to support the Constitution, is clearly violating it,” said Chelsea Kennedy, who organized the rally.


Oklahoma Republicans Want To Snuff Out Their State’s Lawsuit Over Colorado Marijuana

OKLAHOMA:  Several Oklahoma lawmakers are calling for state Attorney General Scott Pruitt to drop his lawsuit against Colorado over its legalization of recreational marijuana, arguing that it’s the “wrong way to deal with the issue.”

In a letter sent to Pruitt’s office last week, seven Republican state lawmakers, led by state Rep. Mike Ritze, expressed their concern that the case could significantly undermine states’ rights, including Oklahoma’s.

The lawsuit, titled States of Nebraska and Oklahoma v. State of Colorado, was filed in December by Pruitt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. They contend that newly legal marijuana from neighbor Colorado is being illegally trafficked across their borders and that they’re seeking to protect the health and safety of their states’ residents. They argue that under the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause, Colorado’s decision to legalize and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana cannot stand so long as cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

The supremacy clause defines the Constitution, federal laws and treaties as “the supreme law of the land.” It has been interpreted to mean that federal laws generally supersede state laws, although there are limits depending on the subject matter of the laws and how they’re written.


Nebraska And Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

NEBRASKA:  In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the nation’s highest court on Thursday. The two states argue in the lawsuit that, “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system.”

“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems,” the lawsuit alleges.

E-Cigarette Firm Eyes Emerging Cannabis Oil Market

OKALAHOMA:  As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise.

Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado. And in more than a dozen other states, medical marijuana is available.

The growing availability of legal pot opens the door for Tulsa-based Palm Beach Vapors to market a method for producing a cannabis oil product that can be inhaled through a common e-cigarette, according to CEO and co-founder Chip Paul.

“This is a wave that’s kind of sweeping the nation,” said Paul, whose company is looking to patent the method and has already signed licensing deals in California and Colorado for what it calls the M-System. He said he intends to set up franchise locations in other states.

Oklahoma Governor Announces Support For Limited Medical Marijuana Program

OKLAHOMA:  Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced Wednesday her support for medicinal cannabidiol oil and said she hopes to work with lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session on a measure legalizing its use.

“I do not support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, nor do I support a broadly defined ‘medicinal’ marijuana use that makes it easy for healthy adults and teenagers to find and buy drugs,” Fallin said in a statement. “I do support allowing potentially life-saving medicine to find its way to children in need.”

State Rep. Jon Echols (R) will lead a legislative study to determine the effects of medicinal cannabidiol oil on children, Fallin’s office said.

“I am extremely interested in the findings of that study, and I look forward to working with lawmakers in both parties to pursue policies that can help sick Oklahoma children,” she said in her statement.



Medical Marijuana Supporters Make Final Push To Collect Petitions Ahead Of Oklahoma Ballot Deadline

OKLAHOMA:  Time is running out for a group hoping to get medical marijuana on the November ballot.

The group called Oklahomans for Health kicked off a petition drive in May. Supporters said they have since collected more than 120,000 signatures from registered voters who support the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the sale, consumption, possession and growth of medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Group leaders said they now need at least 30,000 additional signatures to get the medical marijuana issue on the ballot, and they expect it’s going to be close to meet that threshold.

“No one’s ever tried this before, and we’re trying to everybody the opportunity,” said Samuel Molik, a volunteer coordinator with Oklahomans for Health. “Ignore the politicians. Go around the state government–one person, one vote, direct democracy. Come down here (and) sign this petition. We get it on the ballot November 4, and it could be legal January 1.”


Oklahoma State Senator Quotes Genesis 1:29 To Seek Marijuana Legalization – Does God Prefer Edibles?

OKLAHOMA: “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

Anugrah Kumar, of the Christian Post brings us the story that Oklahoma Senator Quotes Genesis 1:29 to Seek Marijuana Legalization, by means of a statewide initiative petition that will require 160,000 signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot.

State Senator Constance Johnson says God created “this wonderful, miraculous plant,” and: “We’re putting forth Genesis 1:29 as the basis of this campaign,” KFOR.com quoted Sen. Johnson, a Democrat, as telling supporters at the State Capitol on Friday after filing the petition with the office of the Oklahoma secretary of state.

“God created this wonderful, miraculous plant and we know that it has been vilified for the last 100 years, and it’s time to change that in Oklahoma,” added the senator, who has led efforts, along with attorney David Slane, to legalize pot.


Coalition in Oklahoma Hopes To Put Marijuana On November Ballot

OKLAHOMA:  State lawmakers said no to legalizing marijuana in Oklahoma, but a coalition is hoping to bring the issue to the voter. And they’re hoping the voter says yes.

State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) championed several pro-marijuana bills that lawmakers rejected. She believes the time is now to let the people of Oklahoma decide.

“It brings us to the point where I think it’s time to take it outside of these four walls and take it the people,” Johnson said.

Pro-Marijuana Groups Want Option To Toke In Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA: Emboldened by the legalization of marijuana in two states, including bordering Colorado, hundreds of marijuana advocates flooded the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday calling for fewer restrictions on pot smoking in Oklahoma.

Two separate pro-marijuana groups — one advocating the medicinal use of marijuana and another pushing for full-scale legalization — held events at the Capitol that drew large crowds from across the state.

Holding signs that read “The Miracle Plant” and “No more jail time for pot crime,” protesters gathered on the south steps of the Statehouse and listened to speakers who railed against Oklahoma’s drug laws, which are some of the strictest in the country. [Read more…]