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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  1. The fact that this subject is even being discussed as some type of accomplishment shows not only the liberal bias of the publisher of the article but the moral rot our great country s suffering from as well. Glad a majority of Oklahomans are conservative Christians. And that won’t change. Praise God!

    • I am a god fearing woman born and raised in the great state of Oklahoma and never have I tried a single drug nor consumed liquor . With that being said I have to say, I SUPPORT this movement .

      Genesis 1:29

      29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

      As a good Christian Shawn, How can you argue with the word of god?

  2. I am a conservative christian and I am for legalization. Marijuana is no different from all the legal drugs the doctors prescribe except its not addictive has no real side effects and is not manufactured. Its just a plant that grows out of the ground. Plus the hemp plant has a million uses besides just getting high. If we make everything illegal that someone can get high off of than we would have to make gas illegal and spray paint and pretty much everything else. Come on people the fact that we spend all this money putting people in jail over a harmless plant is just ridiculous. Law enforcement needs to spend that money on stopping the real epidemic destroying lives, Meth. Highly addictive and has huge side effects and is basically poison. Not a natural plant that grows by itself.


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