Residents weigh in on State Question 788

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - State Question 788 would legalize the use, sale and growth of medical marijuana.

The proposition states licenses must be approved by a doctor for Oklahoma residents over 18.

A special exception will be granted to those under 18 but the application must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian.

"If it helps people with pain, which I'm familiar with, I think it will be a good thing and we can work out the bugs as we go," Shanon Laird said.

Shanon Laird was 16- years -old when he was in a car wreck that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

He's tried over the counter pills and prescription opioids, as well as synthetic THC tablets but nothing has worked, that's why he's voting yes on 788.

"It's something I want to try and have the opportunity to try and we can't do that here now," Laird said.

"I just think it's going to be too hard to regulate and until it's got a lot stiffer regulations to it, I can't support it," Sheriff Cryer said.

Marshall County Sheriff Danny Cryer says if passed as written, there wouldn't be enough regulations.

"There's just too many important occupations out here that we can't have marijuana cloud their judgment, their reaction time and thought process," Sheriff Cryer said. "The way this is written it's a medical issue that you can't discriminate against."

He's also worried about people growing the plant.

"We're giving Oklahomans permission to grow this drug in their backyard with no way to regulate how potent it is, how strong it is and furthermore what type of security measures they're going through to protect those plants in their backyard," Sheriff Cryer said.

"There's going to be problems but I think the problems can be worked out," Laird said.

If passed the state would collect a 7% tax on sales.

Early voting ends Saturday at 2 p.m.

The primary elections will be held on Tuesday

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