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Biggest Donors Against Medical Marijuana

Records show that energy companies were the biggest donors to an Oklahoma campaign against medical marijuana.  Donations were from companies in OK, CO, and TX.  Devon Energy and Continental Resources of Oklahoma and Texas-based Newfield Exploration Co. each contributed substantially. 

Devon Energy spokesman said a medical marijuana program would create challenges and a lack of protection for employers.    The job of a coal miner, a lineman, an oil rig or utility worker is already dangerous.  The risks involved with drilling, handling high voltages and the great heights lineman perform tasks present a few concerns for everyday operations.  In case of emergencies, utility workers are expected to contain gas leaks, prevent pipeline explosions,  repair downed lines and keep our community safe.  In turn, their safety should be paramount.  Perhaps safety, and not just liability, is the motive behind these energy companies taking a political stand.

Despite the well-funded opposition campaign, Oklahoma voters approved the implementation of a state-run legal medical marijuana program on the June 26 ballot.

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Atanacio Luna on August 17, 2018

Safety is always a top concern in dangerous jobs, but it is misguided to support the war on drugs to that end. These are two completely different issues. The war on drugs, lead by distorted view of pot. The war on drugs is a war on the poor, people of color and the democracies of our best nations-friends. The dstruction of Colombian democracy, and now Mexico's is a direct result of the foolish war on drugs. Spending rate-payer's, and investors  money on the misguided and failed war is a waste, a travesty of justice, and a mean thing for the board of directors to do.