788 is the most open medical marijuana program in the country. However, only 6% of all Oklahomans can legally purchase and use cannabis. Many patients with serious medical ailments are barred from access because of their physician's policies. The card is also a barrier preventing individuals from trying cannabis for the first time or not since they were much younger. We believe in removing all barriers to access.
Although the majority of Oklahomans (and Americans) believe in the medical value of cannabis, its use still brings with it a stigma. To many Oklahomans, 788 is not medical and most consumption of marijuana is not for medical purposes. However one feels about this point of debate, we believe that use should not be stigmatized. Call the non-medical "Recreational," "Adult Use," "Full Access" or whatever. Adults should have autonomy over their bodies and cannabis used for relaxation or creative stimulation can be part of a meaningful and flourishing life.
Until Federal Prohibition ends: (1) many doctors who prescribe scheduled medications will continue to bar their patients from using cannabis, (2) millions of Americans will continue to face arrest and imprisonment in prohibition states, (3) businesses will continue to be burdened by unjust taxation laws, (4) and research will continue to be stifled. For both the people of Oklahoma and for those beyond our borders, federal prohibition must end.
Prohibition arose in the 1930s through a dishonest campaign perpetrated by Harry J. Anslinger. Many government entities and political figures continue to accept these lies, suppress research, and deny the facts. The cannabis movement has, however, advanced as far as it has because of the honesty and integrity of activists around the country. Cannabis activists will certainly disagree at times, but this movement owes everything to speaking the truth. The truth is out there. Learn it. Speak it. Live it.