Inside the effort to sabotage SQ 788 – and those fake emails – with Julie Ezell

Back in July of 2018, only a few weeks after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana via SQ 788, the Oklahoma Board of Health and GOP political establishment went full reefer madness and tried to sabotage the law by enacting emergency rules that would do things like ban the sale of smokable products, limit THC amounts and require dispensaries to have a pharmacist on ring up pre-rolls of your favorite flower. Here’s my glorious post about it.

When the board met to discuss these rules, the only sane person in the room appeared to be State Health Department attorney Julie Ezell. With worried eyes and puzzled gazes, she repeatedly told the board that they were overstepping their authority and their emergency rules wouldn’t hold up in the courts. Then, about a week later, word came that she was caught emailing fake threats to herself, received a bribe offer from another state employee, and had an affair with a co-worker.

As Stitt’s indicted cabinet member David Ostrowe mused back in DecemberOnly in Oklahoma.

Two years after pleading guilty to a couple of misdemeanor charges, being disciplined by the Bar association, and going through recovery for opioid addiction, Julie stopped by The Lost Ogle Show podcast presented by Fire Leaf to talk all about it. It’s a pretty wild listen.

Julie gave us an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the attempts the ruling class made to usurp SQ 788. We talked about her fake emails (from both an ethical and creative writing standpoint), the resulting fall from grace, and what it’s like to be tabloid fodder. We also discussed trying marijuana for research purposes, her road to recovery from opioid addiction, and restarting her career as a private practice attorney specializing in medical marijuana law.

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7 Responses


  1. I’m glad Julie has seen the light and gotten her life back together. Drugs and stress can take a toll on people. Good luck in your future career and PLEASE stay away from drugs. Your too good to get into any of that again.


  2. That episode was fascinating. This is the story of someone who took some serious damage in life, faltered, and then righted herself, perhaps becoming a better person through it all. Thank you.


  3. What could be more Oklahoma than this story, except the part where she gets herself back on track?

    I sincerely hope her recovery sticks.


  4. Good for her!


  5. I remember reading her story in the Gazette a couple of years ago. She really exposed Mike Hunter to be a low life. Apparently she faked the story of being threatened to expose all the crap rules being proposed at the Health Dept at the time to take down medical cannabis.

    So by her Kamikaze action, she was responsible for giving us one of the most liberal cannabis laws in the country. Of course, she paid a price for it. And best I can tell, she was a very hard working civil servant that was finally on her last nerve.

    You can check Mr Google on what I remember and my memory ain’t perfect. The Gazette article is still out there.


  6. The Oklahoma legislature, second only to Stitt (not enough room to discuss all the stupidity he has shown), is shameful.

    Of course, these morons were voted into office by a populace that still doesn’t want to be in the 21st century.


  7. If she had just stuck with puffing some reefer she probably could have avoided all that trouble.

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