In the modern age, oddly, there’s a substantial disconnect of information. No one has to deal with this more than the incarcerated; their communication with anything going on in the outside world is extremely limited at best and good information can be hard to come by. There have been a lot of questions regarding MMJ cards for people who have been incarcerated and suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), so let me break it down for you.
Anyone who has been incarcerated for 18 months or more legally qualifies as disabled due to PTSD. One of the best treatments for this is MMJ, which has people wondering, “Can I get a card while I’m still under the thumb of the law (on probation)?” There are people being denied this privilege due to their probationary status, or so they say.
The truth is this – most probation and parole departments in Oklahoma consider MMJ to be a legal prescription. As long as a copy of your card is in their file and they are aware of it, you’re in the clear. Certain rehabilitation facilities also treat this situation in the same manner, because it is considered a legitimate treatment for a legitimate disease. Make sure you check with your officer or counselor, just so you don’t seem to be assuming anything. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) have no listed restrictions against you getting your card due to a prior incarceration.
This isn’t to say that it’s possible to get legal while you are actually in prison, as they operate on a different set of rules from society, but we’re working on that. The DOC 2020 Drug Formulary allows administration of other narcotics such as morphine and diazepam, while MMJ is nowhere on their list. So MMJ is still somewhat demonized in the eyes of the government – we’re certainly working on that, too.
There are a lot of people who think they are ineligible for an MMJ card due to their past criminal record and still go about the old (illegal) ways to obtain marijuana that they could possibly need to try to cope in society. This leads to unnecessary arrests and perpetuates the cycle of re-incarceration. It’s no wonder that Oklahoma has such an out of control recidivism rate regarding drugs, when part of the answer simply needs to be broadcast to whoever will listen. Getting your card now can protect you from having MMJ-related legal problems later.
This is a lot to take in, so allow me to sum it up –
– In Oklahoma, MMJ is (mostly) being treated as a legal medical prescription.
– Check with your officer or counselor beforehand and keep them informed.
– Keep your card handy at all times in case there are any problems.
– Stay out of trouble and use your best judgement!