Upcoming Tulsa Forum: The Marijuana Question

Oklahoma Watch will host an “Oklahoma Watch-Out” public forum previewing what could be one of the most controversial issues on a statewide ballot next year: State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana.

State Health Department Faces Unexplained Cash Crisis

The state Health Department is scrambling to cover an unexpected $10 million shortfall that emerged over the summer. Along with employee furloughs, layoffs and contract cuts, the agency sought payments from county-city health departments, which refused to pay.

Rehab Work Camps Were Facing Regulation. Then a Friend Stepped In.

Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery operated for years in rural Oklahoma without oversight by the state. When several deaths occurred at other rehabs, legislators moved to regulate the programs. That’s when Republican lawmaker Doug Cox stepped in.

The Judge Called It Rehab, But It Ended Up Being a Chicken Farm

Across the country, including in Oklahoma, judges increasingly are sending defendants to rehab instead of prison or jail. But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry,