Am I the only one whose day was ruined when Gov. Mary Fallin announced that she wouldn’t bring the state legislature back for another special session?

Am I the only one whose day was ruined when Gov. Mary Fallin announced that she wouldn’t bring the state legislature back for another special session?

Tuesday night as the votes on State Question 788 were being tallied, Gov. Fallin indicated that a special session would be necessary to help the state regulate its newly legalized medical marijuana.

That sounded like a lot of fun to me. I would love to have seen the “dance of the lame ducks.”

About a dozen lawmakers assumed they had cast their final ballot in May due to term limits. Several more found greener pastures and surrendered their seat to someone new. Tuesday night, another handful were sent home in primary defeats when the teacher walkout continued as they “walked in” to polling places across the state.

Rep. Kevin McDougal had to win the prize for the most Pyrrhic Victory. The lawmaker who foolishly took on teachers with a snarky Facebook live post during the peak of the teacher walkout this spring, beat a challenger by four votes. That challenger had suspended his campaign about five weeks before the election because he took another job. So McDougal won, but the results still sent a pretty clear message.

Wouldn’t it have been fun to see that many lame ducks fighting over medical marijuana regulations? A lame duck governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor, state treasurer and about a third of the lawmakers who wouldn’t owe anyone anything and have no legislative future to protect would make for the most interesting legislative dynamic in the history of the state.

Combine a room with the most lame ducks since the last annual meeting of the Below Average Duck Hunters Association, with a bunch of legislators fighting for their lives in runoffs August 28 or facing a Democratic challenger in November, and the debate alone would have been amazing.

I can’t imagine any Republican lawmaker would have wanted to stifle the newly passed law with a lot of regulations when almost 57 percent of the state’s voters approved the measure. Even that would have created drama since more rural areas voted against the measure while more urban areas passed the measure with huge margins.

I was really looking forward to seeing what final product all of those ingredients would have cooked up.

One thing is certain, Attorney General Mike Hunter would have sent at least 1,000 emails about it. If I had a nickel for every email Hunter’s office has sent since he became embroiled in a competitive election and now a runoff, I would have a lot of nickels. I wonder if his office really thinks all of these news sources he is spamming each day are adding his prescient comments to daily stories when he sends “Attorney General comments on the price of tea in China” emails. I check my email each morning just to see if I received the “Attorney General Mike Hunter says good morning” email.

Alas, we will never know what deals the lame ducks will reach because Gov. Fallin said the health department could handle it on its own. Honestly, with that $30 million slush fund they have, the department of health should have no trouble getting everything together to launch new measures to put the new programs in place.

The most interesting legal situation after this week’s vote is the return of the law of unintended consequences. Because Republicans in charge are only pretending to be fiscal conservatives and states’ rights proponents, the 30 states that have legalized medical marijuana still have to deal with the consequences of federal regulations that haven’t been updated.

One of the most ironic examples of this cross-governmental regulatory milieu is that even with the passage of SQ788 Tuesday, Oklahomans cannot be simultaneous gun owners and medical marijuana users.

In Oklahoma, that’s kind of a big deal. Obviously, married couples can work around the law by having one spouse own the guns and the other receiving marijuana-based treatment for medical conditions.

Single people will have to work out other methods.

Federal officials could solve this problem by changing the way marijuana is regulated at the federal level or even changing regulations for states that have already legalized it.

But that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

However, as Michigan and Utah head to the polls to vote on pot issues, momentum continues to grow.

It won’t be long before federal officials are forced to address the issue.