In 2011, State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Forest Park) introduced the Compassionate Use Act of 2011.
“Presently, 15 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect those who are sick and terminally ill from prosecution for using medical marijuana,” Johnson said in a statement for her website. “In Oklahoma, however, these patients face the possibility of being locked up in the state’s budget busting and already overcrowded corrections system. It seems inhumane to deny patients access to an alternative medicine that is proven to help ease pain and suffering.”
The bill would have made it "legal for a patient to possess or cultivate marijuana for personal medical purposes with a written or oral recommendation or approval by a physician. Neither the patient nor doctor could be charged with any crime relating to possession or cultivation of marijuana."
Social liberals and libertarians may be as rare as hens’ teeth in Oklahoma, however, and there is little expectation the bill will pass this time around, either.
Johnson received national attention in 2012 when she introduced an amendment to the proposed Personhood Act that would have outlawed male masturbation.
"This amendment seeks to draw humorous attention to the hypocrisy and inconsistency of this proposal – from the Republican perspective of down-sized government and less government intrusion into people's private affairs," Johnson wrote in a guest commentary for the Guardian.
The amendment stated, "any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child."
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