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Medical marijuana businesses say patient drives are key to access, but state lawmakers want to end it

To get a medical marijuana license in Oklahoma, patients need a recommendation from their doctor — paperwork attesting that, in their medical opinion, a patient would benefit from the drug. But what happens when there’s not a doctor in the area willing to sign off?

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Fifteen bills StateImpact is watching in the 2019 Oklahoma legislature

With a huge freshman class and a promise for less gridlock, Oklahoma lawmakers filed more than 2,800 bills this legislative session. With a third of the session now over, the StateImpact team has an update on some bills we’re following.

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Trump plan to halt HIV hits rough road in rural Oklahoma

Experts say HIV prevention strategies that work in progressive cities like Seattle won’t necessarily work in rural Oklahoma.

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Bills aim to add training on consent to patchwork of sex education in Oklahoma schools

Oklahoma has the third highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation and studies have shown that comprehensive sex education can help. Two bills filed in the state legislature could widen the optional curriculum without changing sex education.

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A preview of the big issues StateImpact is watching in 2019

Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest policy issues on deck for the upcoming year and legislative session.

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Oklahoma’s Medicaid work requirement targets poor caregivers

Oklahoma may be the first non-expansion state to get federal approval for Medicaid work requirements.

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Working for sobriety: Recovery program took some clients’ disability pay

An investigation by StateImpact Oklahoma and The Frontier found problems at some work-based recovery programs, including reports of confiscated disability checks and federal scrutiny for labor practices.

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Dental care often ignored in nursing homes

“What I’m seeing on paper and what I’m seeing in the mouths, it’s two different things.”

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