OK: Law Enforcement Opinions On Medical Marijuana Differ

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The issue of medical marijuana is coming down to last minute rallies and final word debates. Even police and law enforcement officers are giving their personal opinions on the issue.

Tulsa Police Department’s Sergeant Marcus Harper posted on his Facebook page that he would be voting yes. Harper wrote, “In 23 years, 6 months, 8 days, 3 hours, 22 minutes, and 28 29 30….seconds of my law enforcement career, I have never had a negative encounter with someone high on marijuana. All they want to do is sit down and eat.”

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton has been against State Question 788 and even accused of assaulting a supporter of the issue at a forum. He’s now facing a lawsuit but maintains medical marijuana will only hurt citizens of Oklahoma.

“I think there are a lot of problems law enforcement will see out of this that we are not seeing already, and we already have a problem with marijuana as it is today,” said Walton.

Harper says he is in favor because of families with children he knows that need treatment with medical marijuana.

“So, if something like this is going to help person, or help a group of people you know, veterans, that may suffer from PTSD, people with other chronic illness, why not? You know, are we going to be the last in the country to legalize medical marijuana?”

Regardless of the primary election outcome, there is another petition circulating to get recreational marijuana on the November ballot.