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Oklahoma medical marijuana could get push

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A longtime proponent of medicinal marijuana, State Sen. Constance Johnson acknowledged she has few advocates in the conservative Oklahoma Legislature.

But the Oklahoma City-area Democrat said she remains optimistic that attitudes toward easing Oklahoma's tough marijuana laws are shifting. She said her hopes were buoyed by the possibility of the Republican-controlled Senate approving a study on medicinal marijuana.

Johnson has introduced a medicinal marijuana bill every year since she was first elected in 2005, but has yet to receive a hearing in committee. She's now petitioning the Republican Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services to allow for a study on the issue before the Legislature reconvenes in February.

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