A coalition of health care professionals, law enforcement groups, faith leaders and others is forming to oppose State Question 788, which would establish one of the nation’s most progressive medical marijuana statutes in Oklahoma.
“It was packed,” said lobbyist and political consultant Pat Hall of a preliminary meeting at the Oklahoma State Medical Association. “State Question 788, in the opinion of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, is not medical marijuana. It is recreational marijuana.”
Hall represents OSMA and made clear he is not managing the campaign against SQ 788. He and others connected to the group named the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the University of Central Oklahoma as among the two dozen groups represented at the preliminary meeting. The Oklahoma Sheriffs Association and the OKC Chamber are both expected to vote on an official position at internal meetings this week.
“The people who were in there are people who we invited,” Hall said. “We’ve since talked to pharmacists who said, ‘Why weren’t we invited?’ We forgot to invite