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Medical marijuana group adds lawyer, Pharmacy Board head to lawsuit after alleged bribery

Lawyers for Green the Vote say they are now suing former top attorney for the state Health Department Julie Ezell, along with Chelsea Church, the executive director of the State Board of Pharmacy. (Oklahoma County Jail)

A group that filed a lawsuit against the state over the implementation of medical marijuana is adding more people to the suit.

Lawyers for Green the Vote say they are now suing former top attorney for the state Health Department Julie Ezell, along with Chelsea Church, the executive director of the State Board of Pharmacy. Church is accused of trying to bribe Ezell in the run-up to the Board of Health's implementation of the rules on medical marijuana.

A series of text messages reportedly exchanged between Ezell and Church supports the accusations, according to the online news publication NonDoc.

Green the Vote originally filed the lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and five members of the department of health over the medical marijuana rules, which ban the sale of smokable marijuana products and require dispensaries to have pharmacists on-site.

The Board of Health has said it will hold a special meeting to amend the rules, but it's not clear when that meeting will take place.


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