On June 26, Oklahoma primary voters approved State Question 788, which was promoted as “medical marijuana,” by a 57-43 percent margin. Leading up to the vote, the measure drew widespread opposition and criticism from leaders in the faith community, business world and medical community.
Among Southern Baptists warning against SQ 788 were U.S. Sen. James Lankford, Hance Dilbeck and Russell Moore.
Baptist Messenger Editor Brian Hobbs said of the election results, “The approval of so-called medical marijuana is disappointing but not shocking. The culture in America is increasingly in favor of marijuana use, and this state question gives marijuana a dangerous foothold in the Sooner State. Christians need to re-double our efforts on warning people—especially young people—about the spiritual and physical ramifications of these mind-altering, addictive drugs.”
Shortly after the votes were tallied, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said, “I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state. It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens. As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses.”
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