Thursday, January 02, 2014

Will new Colo. pot law ever inspire sane and sensible approach to drugs in Oklahoma?

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- As the sweet smell of green - marijuana and money - fills the air and cash registers here in the Centennial State following the official launch on New Year's Day of the state's Amendment 64, sour-faced officials in neighboring Oklahoma are anxiously awaiting to lock up more pot users, particularly focusing on drivers coming into the Panhandle from ganja-friendly Colorado.

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...So, what about back home in Oklahoma? Pot users here don't have much to smile about, particularly as marijuana legalization advocates like Norma Sapp fight a fairly lonely battle and law enforcement comes down hard on people found with even minuscule amounts on their person. This, as the states jails burst at the seams and the prison system is underfunded and not improving.

 We know Gov. Mary Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are friends. Perhaps some of Hickenlooper's common sense will rub off on the more rigid Fallin. One can only hope.

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