For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
GOP Operatives Not Above the Law
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement regarding the latest developments on the Medical Marijuana rulings debacle:
From Washington to Oklahoma – voters should be outraged and disturbed by closed-door private meetings and corrupt actions by not only the Oklahoma Board of Health’s overreach rulings but also Republican operatives pushing their private agendas.
While Trump is in Washington doubling back on Russian election interference and questioning our intelligence community, Fallin and her GOP collaboratives are mimicking the same ridiculous Republican leadership and ineffective governing in Oklahoma.
Legalized medical marijuana was taken to a vote of the people and passed on June 26th. The Health Board overreached their authority and banned the sale of smokables and requiring a licensed pharmacist to manage dispensaries. We now learn that as the Health Board met, the Board of Pharmacy Director was busy trying to secure the pharmacist requirement with a job offer. The Health Board attorney blackmails herself with threatening emails. Then, Attorney General Mike Hunter sits back silently and doesn’t counsel Fallin until after she rubber-stamps the measure. Now everyone is trying to back peddle the mess they created.
The Oklahoma GOP and their agents have taken another shameful page right out of Trump’s handbook. From sending self-threatening emails and filing false reports, unethical interference meant to influence decisions, lack of proactive legal counsel, to the Governor’s flip-flopping leadership – the GOP is running amuck in our state.
This brazen attempt to shut down the will of the people at all costs is unacceptable. Oklahoma voters will not stand by as another attempt to squash a State Question approved by voters is torn apart by those opposed to the measure and try to circumvent the will of the people. Oklahomans are fed up with the Republican failed leadership and the lambs that follow. Voters will remember come November.
For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.