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  This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordering the Secretary of State to start counting signatures on a ballot measure dealing with sentencing reform, lawmakers meeting to override gubernatorial vetoes while at the same time leaving some vetoes to stand.

 

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed legislation late last week that would have allowed home delivery of medical marijuana.

Home delivery within a 10-mile radius was just a portion of House Bill 3228, which addressed several reforms in Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry.

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Like many small business owners, Amy Manganelli has taken a financial hit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So, a few weeks ago, she decided to apply for a small business loan from the federal government.

She was turned down.

Manganelli is the co-owner of Mapleglen Care Center, a cannabis dispensary in Rockford, Ill.

“We're a legitimate business in every sense of the word, until it comes to some kind of government program that might assist,” she says.

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State-mandated testing is supposed to protect Oklahoma’s medical marijuana patients from tainted weed. By and large it’s effective, but it’s not perfect. And many question the validity of test results. Independent producer Dan Epstein looked into how testing is supposed to work, and how some orange worms got through.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Attorney General Mike Hunter filing a lawsuit against major opioid distributors in the state, the governor's task force on corrections reform releases its report while also asking for more time to come up with detailed plans to reduce the state's prison population and two initiative petitions to make recreational marijuana legal in the state are getting push back from the state's medical marijuana industry.

 

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, ACLU Oklahoma Director of Policy and Advocacy Nicole McAfee about the impasse between the governor and the tribes over gaming compacts which now looks headed to court, dueling ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana are getting ready for voter signatures, while medical marijuana provided the state with an additional $55M in its first full year on the books.

 

Summer Kriegshauser is one of 150 students in the inaugural class of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, the first graduate program of its type in the country.

This will be Kriegshauser's second master's degree and she hopes it will offer her a chance to change careers.

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The former top lawyer for the state health department pleaded guilty to false harassment charges this week.

In 2018, Julie Ezell sent herself threatening emails posing as a medical marijuana advocate. The emails threatened retribution if the board of health imposed restrictive rules on medical marijuana. The board ended up passing the rules, but after public uproar later overturned them.

Researchers hoping to study marijuana for scientific and medical purposes are one step closer to expanding their limited supply of the plant.

This week, the federal government announced it would begin processing dozens of pending applications for permission to cultivate the plant for scientific research.

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Changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program will go into effect after August 29th, following new regulations passed by lawmakers earlier this year.

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