Mother Pushes for Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma
The states of Florida and New York are now putting medical marijuana laws into affect.
They have both approved medicines, that can't be used as recreational drugs.
But here in Tulsa that same effort, isn't having the same success.
A mother who wants the medicine for her young son, is being ignored by the Oklahoma legislature.
Sonya Steinmetz is troubled, because her son Jonas has a serious medical problems that are getting worse.
He has Angelman's syndrome and epilepsy and the medication he takes for constant seizures isn't working.
Sonya wants Jonas to have CBD oil, which can't be used as a recreational drug.
30 states allow the medication he needs, but Oklahoma's legislature isn't listening.
She emailed 149 members of the house and senate, asking for their help.
She says it didn't go well.
"I received responses from 4. One of which was not, thank you for your interest in Oklahoma legislation."
Senator Dan Newberry was the only one who responded with any substance and Sonya says that's troubling.
She says there are many people like Jonas who need the help and lawmakers need to pay attention.
Sonya's mother, Robbie, says it upsets her to see her daughter stuck at home and unable to work.
She can't leave Jonas because of his seizures.
Robbie Steinmetz is an attorney, who's studied the issue and the legislative plan of a group called Oklahomans for Health.
So she's joined that group to help change the laws.
She says the lawmakers she's talked with are supportive, but something changes when they get to Oklahoma City.
She believe it's because it's an election year.
"It's become political, which is disappointing."
Sonya is now considering a move to a state where the medication is already legal.
She doesn't want to leave Oklahoma, but says it may necessary for her son's well being.