By Russell Mills, KRMG
TULSA — Oklahoma may soon join a growing list of states who make medical marijuana available to some patients, and decriminalize its possession for recreational purposes.
KRMG spoke with customers at Duffy's Diner who support the proposals.
One woman said, "There are lots of people , ya know, they are sick. It helps them. They don't go out and sell it. They keep it and some of it comes in pill form."
A man who lost his father to cancer doesn't support the idea of legalizing pot for medical use.
He said, from a medical standpoint, I don't really agree that that's a good idea."
State Sen. Constance Johnson has filed separate bills.
One bill would direct the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to adopt rules allowing people with certain medical conditions to use the drug with permission from their physicians.
It would also establish fees for the "licensing, production, distribution and consumption" of medical marijuana.
Some people argue that alone could bring a great deal of money into the state's coffers.
Many also argue that decriminalizing the possession of pot would free police to enforce more violent crimes, reduce overcrowding in prisons, and take money out of the pockets of hardened criminals who use marijuana sales to fund more dangerous enterprises.