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Advocates for Pregnant Women

By Sensi Staff
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Pregnancy Justice, an advocacy group based in New York, has submitted an application to the Oklahoma Supreme Court requesting a halt to the prosecution of pregnant women who use medical marijuana. Lourdes A. Rivera, the president of
the organization, stated that pregnancy should not strip individuals of the protections provided by the law, and it is not
the role of prosecutors to manipulate or charge people based on personal biases.


The group highlighted that Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, which came into effect in 2019, legalized medical marijuana use for all adults with valid licenses from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. However, despite this law, investigations conducted by The Frontier revealed that at least eight Oklahoma women possessing state-issued medical marijuana cards have been charged with felony child neglect for using marijuana during pregnancy since 2019. This charge carries the possibility of a life sentence.