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Oklahoma recreational marijuana measure hits signature goal

Posted: 9:15 AM, Jul 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 15:17:38Z

A petition that is seeking to get a vote State Question 797, which would legalize recreational marijuana, on the November 2018 ballot has passed its goal of signatures.

Green The Vote said SQ 797 has collected 132,527 signatures as of Sunday. 

State Question 797 seeks to allow anyone 21 years old or over "to legally possess, use, grow, process and sell marijuana and derivatives within the rules set by the Oklahoma Cannabis Commission."

However, Oklahoma's secretary of state said SQ 797 is "highly unlikely" to appear on the election ballot in November.

James Williamson said last week that even if supporters get the signatures they need by the Aug. 8 deadline, it's unlikely to qualify for the ballot in November because of procedural requirements. If it doesn't, the governor could set a special election or place the issue on the next statewide ballot in 2020.

Green The Vote is also pushing to get State Question 796 on the ballot, which would allow marijuana to be classified as an herbal drug to be regulated by the Oklahoma Cannabis Commission.

"Oklahoma SQ 796 legalizing medical marijuana when enacted will allow the possession, use, growth, processing and sale of medical marijuana and derivatives to those licensed to do so."

SQ 796 has received 115,123 signatures as of Sunday.

The group is working to get at least 125,000 signatures for each petition by Aug. 8. 

Anyone who wants more information about the petitions should visit https://gtvok.com/get-petitions.

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