Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel Speaks Out Against Upcoming State Question 788Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:56:27 CDT
Groups participating in the SQ-788 is Not Medical Coalition met Wednesday in Oklahoma City to discuss their opposition to State Question 788, which would amend Oklahoma state statutes to legalize medical marijuana if approved. Oklahoma Farm Bureau was there, represented by President Rodd Moesel, who spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about OKFB’s position regarding the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
“Our members have made it real clear that they are against the legalization of marijuana,” Moesel said referencing the organization’s grassroots structure that ultimately made the decision on how OKFB should approach this controversial issue. “Many of our member are very compassionate about medicinal needs and we are one of the leading groups working for the industry on hemp. But, our members very clearly drew a line with marijuana.”
Moesel addressed members’ concerns, explaining that the rural workforce is already under pressure from substance abuse and that legalizing marijuana would only compound this issue. While SQ-788 does not explicitly condone the recreational use of marijuana, Moesel counters that the lack of controls in the measure would essentially equate the same outcome. As is commonplace on a farm or ranch, people are frequently delegated to operate heavy machinery or to work with unpredictable and potentially dangerous livestock. Moesel insists this is no environment for workers under the influence of mind-altering substances - nor should it be permissible for business owners to be compelled to employ such workers that choose to use them.
“It’s not that we’re opposed to some form of medicinal marijuana,” he clarified, “but this one is so wide open that we think it amounts to being virtually recreational and our members are clearly on record of being opposed to that.”
Oklahomans will have the opportunity to voice their own individual positions on this matter Tuesday, June 26th at the polls. Moesel encourages everyone, especially OKFB members, to turn out and cast a ‘NO’ vote on their ballot and elect the officials who will best serve and protect the collective interests of Oklahoma’s agriculture community. Click here to review which candidates have been endorsed by the OKAgFund.
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