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Cleveland County prosecutor quizzes potential jurors on marijuana views

NORMAN — A Cleveland County prosecutor Monday asked potential jurors in The Friendly Market case about their views on marijuana and Oklahoma's drug laws.

A key issue is whether glass pipes Norman police seized from the now-closed business can be classified as drug paraphernalia.

"Does anyone feel strongly about the legalization of marijuana," Assistant District Attorney John Pevehouse asked potential jurors. "There may be a discussion about whether marijuana should be legal, but that's not the law right now, correct?"

The trial of Norman City Councilman Stephen Tyler Holman, former manager of The Friendly Market, and its former owner, Robert Cox, is expected to last about a week. The list of potential witnesses in the case contains 31 names. Jury selection lasted most of the day Monday and was expected to continue Tuesday.

Holman and Cox both face a single felony charge of acquiring proceeds from drug activity, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from two police raids in 2015 of the store at 100 E Constitution.

Investigators seized cash and store merchandise including glass pipes and rolling papers in the raids, but found no drugs.

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›