Oklahoma Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Staging Threats From Irate Cannabis Proponents
One Oklahoma State Department of Health employee appears to have been going through it during the process of drafting the state’s medical marijuana regulation earlier this year. Emails that lawyer Julia Ezell alleged contained dangerous threats from marijuana advocates have been proven to have been sent from her own cell phone. Ezell pled guilty on Wednesday to two misdemeanors for falsifying the threats.
“We will stop YOU and you’re [sic] greed,” went one of the emails. “Any way it takes to end your evil and protect what is ours.”
Ezell was employed by the Department of Health and was fleshing out emergency cannabis regulations this summer in accordance with House Bill 2612, which created Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program. CBS reports that the agency went against Ezell’s legal recommendations, thus voting to approve the prohibition of the sale of smokable marijuana and requiring a pharmacist at every dispensary.
When the agency’s rules were made public, medical cannabis advocates weren’t happy with the harsh restriction and requirement. Two lawsuits were filed against the board.
Emails Appeared Threatening
Ezell reported to department officials that she had received almost a dozen emails that made threats against her life. One read: “We would hate to