Oklahoma Watch will host a public forum in Oklahoma City to discuss State Question 788, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which seeks to legalize the licensed cultivation, use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The “Oklahoma Watch-Out” forum is free and open to the public and will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at The Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.
Featured panelists will include Dr. Jean Hausheer, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association; Frank Grove, chairman of Vote Yes on 788 campaign and president of the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma, and state Rep. John Paul Jordan, who had authored legislation to provide a regulatory framework should the state question pass.
Oklahoma Watch Executive Editor David Fritze will moderate the discussion, and audience questions will be allowed. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online and come with questions.
State Question 788 will appear on the June 26 primary ballot. The forum is intended to inform Oklahomans about the specifics of the proposal, the issues surrounding medical marijuana, and how Oklahoma’s question compares with similar measures passed or rejected in other states.
About the Panelists
Frank Grove is the editor of State Question 788, chair of the Vote Yes On 788 Campaign and president of the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma.
Grove has worked in the health-care field developing applications for telemedicine and is a published research scientist. He graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Tulsa with funding from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Grove is a lifelong resident of Tulsa.
Dr. Jean Hausheer is an ophthalmologist and surgeon and is current president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Hausheer provides refractive and comprehensive eye care for patients at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Lawton.
She is an active member of the medical staff at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, the Lawton Indian Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Oklahoma City.
A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s six-year program, she completed ophthalmic residency training at the Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology.
Rep. John Paul Jordan was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2014, serving District 43 as a Republican.
Jordan introduced legislation last session proposing changes to current laws that he said would need to be made should State Question 788 be approved by voters. His bill did not pass; neither did legislation proposed on the Senate side.
Jordan is an attorney and former educator. He received a bachelor’s in education with a minor in history from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught eighth grade history at an Oklahoma City public middle school.
Jordan is running for district judge and says he takes no position on State Question 788.