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Fallin Voices Opposition to Legal Pot (Aug 04, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Proponents of medical or legal marijuana in Oklahoma won't have an ally in Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin said Thursday during an online town hall forum that she's firmly opposed to legalizing pot.

Fallin says she analyzes hundreds of pardon and parole requests each month and estimates 90 percent of those criminals have struggled with substance abuse. She says many of those started by smoking marijuana.

The online forum was hosted by the Oklahoma Republican Party with Fallin taking questions posted on the GOP's Facebook page.

Dozens of questions were about legalizing marijuana or allowing for the medicinal use of cannabis.

A bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this year to allow for medicinal marijuana was never granted a hearing.

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