Marking the year for marijuana

Local dispensary owner dispels fears

Medical marijuana advocates celebrated their first “Canniversary” this past June. The Oklahoma State Question 788, also known as the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was approved on June 26, 2018. Weston Chapman owns Texoma Hemp Corner, the sole dispensary in Marshall County to date. He opened THC in November and still believes in the benefits of his product.

“To us, it’s been a positive thing for everybody. We see how many people it’s helping get off of pharmaceuticals, like Opioids and Ambien,” said Chapman.

The vote to legalize marijuana was extremely close in Marshall County; 1537 voted no, while 1536 voted yes. That means it was a one vote difference. Even though half the county was against legalizing it, Chapman said the community has been supportive. “The ones who see family members who have been helped by marijuana, it’s opening their minds.”

The legalization for marijuana is a huge step for any state, much less a state with citizens who are vehemently against the plant. According to some like the group that fought against the passing of the bill called Oklahomans Against 788, the legalization of marijuana will only put our children in jeopardy. The group feared that children would mistakenly eat the edibles, thinking they are candy.



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