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OSBI: 'Significant public safety concerns' if SQ 788 passes

OSBI: 'Significant public safety concerns' if SQ 788 passes (KTUL)

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a statement regarding the impact of passage of State Question 788, and they say there are "significant public safety and health concerns" surrounding SQ 788.

An Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics report details their research findings of medical marijuana, and OSBI's concern is based on those findings.

According to the OBN report, other states with medical marijuana have reported a massive increase in driving under the influence of drugs cases, including arrests of drivers, traffic collisions and traffic fatalities. The OSBI says it would be too costly to change their policies and provisions to accommodate for testing drivers to determine "impaired" driving at an estimate of $1.5 million.

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The report also states that "medical marijuana does not exist."

"Marijuana is not recognized in the medical community as legitimate medicine. Despite changes to state laws around the country, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, which means it is a substance with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. There is limited scientific evidence on the efficacy of smoked or ingested marijuana," the report reads.

And the OBN argues that medical marijuana isn't safe to eat or smoke, citing many different reasons for their position including, "Marijuana is not safe because it is addictive. Research suggests 30% of users will develop some form of problem use, which may lead to dependence and addiction (DEA, 2017)."

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In its current state, State Question 788 reads, “No person holding a medical marijuana license may unduly be withheld from holding a state issued license by virtue of their being a medical marijuana license holder. This would include such things as a concealed carry permit.”

The OSBI says marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under federal law.

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