Biggest Donors Against Medical Marijuana
- Posted on August 8, 2018
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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.