Oklahoma Politics
2:05 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Pro-Marijuana Group Wants Option To Toke In Oklahoma

Emboldened by the legalization of marijuana in two states, hundreds of marijuana advocates held a rally at the state Capitol to call for fewer restrictions on pot smoking in Oklahoma.

Two separate pro-marijuana groups held events at the Capitol on Wednesday. One is supporting the use of medicinal marijuana, while the other is pushing for full-scale legalization of cannabis.

State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) has introduced bills to ease restrictions on marijuana since her election in 2004, but the measures have rarely even been granted a hearing.

Wednesday's rallies were packed with marijuana supporters who applauded Johnson's arrival in the chamber.

Oklahoma has some of the strictest drug laws in the country. A second offense of simply possessing marijuana is a felony crime punishable by prison time.

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