Oklahoma woman won't give up trying to reform state's marijuana laws
PHOTO: Marijuana legalization activist Norma Sapp poses for a photo at her home Monday in Little Axe. Sapp has been an advocate for marijuana legalization for the past 26 years in Oklahoma.CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER
Norma Sapp, director of the Oklahoma branch of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says Oklahoma's laws on marijuana hurts families.
By Jaclyn Cosgrove, The Daily Oklahoman
LITTLE AXE — Few Oklahomans could rival Norma Sapp's efforts to legalize marijuana.
She drove a motor home across the United States, serving as the support vehicle for a friend who was riding his one-eyed paint horse, Misty, across the country to raise awareness of a message: “Cops say legalize marijuana, ask me why.”
She has walked the marble hallways of the state Capitol more times than she can remember to advocate for changes in Oklahoma's marijuana laws.
And she ran for a state House office in the 1990s — and quickly learned she didn't want it.
Sapp is a walking encyclopedia for her cause.
And still, nothing.
Despite the failures, Sapp stays motivated by thinking about what impact a prison sentence can have on a family.
“We've ruined the next generation and the next generation by taking mothers away from their children,” Sapp said. “When you take a child and affect them like that, they'll never grow out of it.”
Oklahoma has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the nation, and marijuana advocates such as Sapp have seen little success in getting lawmakers to discuss much of anything.
This past session, Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, got an Oklahoma Senate committee to hear her bill on medical marijuana.
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