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Health reporter for @StateImpactOK and Oklahoma’s NPR stations. Fifth generation Okie. Into cooking. Novice teetotaler. she/her
Sep 24, 2018 27 tweets 5 min read
I'm watching @NewsOK's gubernatorial debate and will tweet highlights. @NewsOK Stitt on the teacher walkout: "We would have never been in that situation had I been governor."
Aug 22, 2018 29 tweets 5 min read
I'm at the joint legislative working group on #SQ788. In addition to two doctors, more than 15 residents have signed up to speak. They are allotted 5 minutes each. Dr. Mike Mullins will testify first. He said he's representing no one but himself. He graduated from both pharmacy and medical school.
Aug 21, 2018 15 tweets 6 min read
Thread: I hear constantly that Oklahoma's prison system is corrupt because of private prisons. Let's talk about why that is one tiny piece of the huge problem that is Oklahoma's criminal justice system. Not a lawyer, policy wonk, etc. This is some 101 stuff. Oklahoma's PUBLIC state-owned and operated prisons have nearly 20k people in them. That is 113% of capacity. Where are those 13 percent? Glad you asked. Usually one of two places: county jails or temporary beds.
Aug 15, 2018 47 tweets 7 min read
I'm at the joint working group on #SQ788. We'l be hearing from law enforcement today. Rusty Rhoades, head of the Department of Public Safety. He is talking about whether employees should be allowed to use MMJ. He said troopers obviously can't. He said rules in his department will have to be black and white. "There's not a lot of grey area in law enforcement."
Aug 8, 2018 30 tweets 5 min read
The debate is starting. You can tune in now. Kelly Ogle of OKC @NEWS9 and Terry Hood of Tulsa @NewsOn6 are hosting. First question, Ogle: Do you believe Oklahoma is headed in the right direction?
Jul 13, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
Thread: I'll be tweeting some details from the #SQ788 lawsuit filed in Cleveland County today. Here's the link. If you want to read the complaint, find the PDF under petition. I'll upload a PDF in a but. oscn.net/dockets/GetCas… Plaintiffs include residents who would be medical marijuana licensees or parents of minors who would qualify. Conditions include seizure disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, migraines and insomnia.
Jul 10, 2018 14 tweets 2 min read
Thread: The Oklahoma State Board of Health is considering final draft rules. Julie Ezell, general counsel is presenting. #SQ788 She is explaining several provisions. I'll tweet some highlights while retweeting other reporters.
Jul 9, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
OK, guys, here's a little thread that updates some of what's going on over the next couple of days with #SQ788. The marijuana industry trade group, which supported 788, and the medical industry, which opposed it, have made similar call for a more robust regulatory framework than the one the OK State Department of Health (OSDH) built Neither criticized the agency, but Fallin, others.
Jul 9, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
Medical professionals are holding a press conference on some policies they said should be implemented re: medical marijuana #SQ788 Craig Jones of the Oklahoma Hospital Association said that we should look to other states, many of which place limits on the number of dispensaries allowed.
Jul 5, 2018 19 tweets 3 min read
I'll be tweeting about the press conference New Health Solutions is holding to push for a special legislative session to implement #SQ788. Bud Scott is speaking first. He's the executive director of New Health Solutions Oklahoma, the trade group for Oklahoma's budding marijuana industry.
Jun 20, 2018 22 tweets 4 min read
I’m at @SQ788NotMedical’s Press event. They’ll be focusing on how much marijuana #SQ788 would allow residents to possess. (I’m told this is oregano and regular candy.) Pat McFerron, partner at CMA Strategies, has been speaking for the organization of medical associations, business groups and law enforcement organizations. “I want to be clear and upfront. Our coalition is not opposed to medical marijuana.”
May 18, 2018 17 tweets 4 min read
Thread: I ended up going through the state department of health report pretty late last night and figured I’d save the tweets til the morning. I’ll be posting pictures of the report with highlights, etc but I’ll tweet essentially what they say and why those points matter. This is probably most important. The 200 layoffs and $30 million bailout were never necessary. Here is why: