Cannabis 'collusion' alleged to circumvent will of the people

A co-author of the state’s medical marijuana ballot measure said he plans to ask the newly elected governor and attorney general to order a grand jury investigation to examine efforts to modify the voter-approved law. Chip Paul, who co-authored June’s ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, said cannabis supporters will ask newly-elected Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter to call a grand jury to examine the behavior of state officials and other bureaucrats. Paul’s ballot measure clearly gave control of the burgeoning industry to the state Department of Health. However, emails obtained by CNHI Oklahoma through the state’s Open Records Act indicate jostling behind the scenes to strip control from the state agency at least six months ahead of the vote.

William Hickman