Two questions will come before Delaware County voters on Tuesday.
Two questions we hope voters will take a serious look at, before heading to the polls.
One a state question, regards medical marijuana, the other, a local one, involves liquor by the drink sales within the county.
The first, State Question 788, comes before voters appearing at first glance, to be a medical marijuana bill.
But appearances can be deceiving.
The bill is filled with a plethora of information regarding the amounts of marijuana a person can have, and how it can be managed as a legal substance.
Little, if any information in the multi-page bill, deals directly with the medical side of the issue.
In fact, we wonder how the bill's authors even got away with calling it a medical marijuana bill.
In our opinion, the poorly-written bill is a front for legalized recreational marijuana.
If supporters truly wanted to go that route, they should be required to present a bill that says as much, rather than trying to insult the intelligence of Oklahoma voters.
Oklahomans are smart. They've already helped push though two medical marijuana measures through the legislature.
Marinol, a capsule containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that's approved for use to help cancer patients, has been legal for doctors to use for years.
CBD oil, which does not contain the psychotropic elements of cannabinoid drugs or the raw form, is also legal for use within the state.
We know people who have benefited from Marinol and CBD oil. We know everyone wants relief for people suffering from various afflictions and diseases.
We just favor the forms which have been proven to be of use for patients in need.
We fear voting for this bill opens doors to all kinds of complications caused by labeling smoking marijuana as a medical exercise.
Its passage will also open the door for a special legislative session — to take place within 30 days of approval — to deal with the issues surrounding the regulation of marijuana.
That alone is troubling in a state which is already dealing with budgetary issues. The need for a special session to "fix" problems is ludicrous.
Regulatory issues should have been thought out before bringing the issue to voters. To approve things after the vote seems to be a bit like closing the door to the barn after the horse has already won the Kentucky Derby.
For us, the bill is badly written and badly presented for voters to consider.
But the second issue on the ballot, designed to allow Sunday liquor sales in Delaware County, on the other hand is clear and precise.
Liquor by the drink was already approved by voters years ago. This bill simply tweaks the hours a guest at a restaurant and bar may consume a mixed beverages.
Currently, mixed beverages may be served in bars and restaurants 1 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Sunday, and between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
Beer, up to four percent by volume, may be served between noon and 2 a.m. on Sunday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday through Saturday. The exception being the prohibition of on-premises service of alcoholic beverages above four percent alcohol by volume on Christmas Day.
Supporters of the bill are asking voters to simply change the times to start at 10 a.m. for Sunday sales, and allowing sales on Christmas Day within bars and restaurants - not liquor stores.
As a community which survives on tourism dollars, this measure makes sense.
The change would allow Sunday crowds to be served drinks such as mimosas, bloody marys and other popular brunch cocktails during their meals.
It’s a simple question with no smoke and mirrors. Proponents are not asking for a new law, they are simply asking for an amendment of an existing measure.
As we have reviewed both measures, and how they benefit Grove, the Grand Lake Region and Delaware County, we find ourselves saying yes to the county question involving liquor by the drink, and no to State Question 788.
One simply changes the current liquor laws, the other, charts a new territory we're not sure Oklahomans are prepared to enter.