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Medical marijuana petition hits another pause in process to appear on November ballot, reports KFOR

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 13:08:05-04

The initiative to put the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma on the ballot in November has reportedly hit another roadblock. 

After the initiative garnered more than 67,700 signatures this week, 2 Works for You took an online poll that on Thursday showed 93 percent were in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

Despite the positive feedback, it seems that the measure could still have a legal loophole that could prevent it from appearing on the ballot in November.

One of the steps the measure has to take in order to be included would be to have Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt give his stamp of approval.

But, reports KFOR in Oklahoma City, that’s where the issue is arising.

KFOR reports that Pruitt wants to rewrite the ballot title.

“The Attorney General’s Office has expedited the process of rewriting this ballot title and is working diligently to complete the ballot title in an efficient manner,” AG Spokesman Lincoln Ferguson told KFOR.

If the measure isn’t re-titled in time, another idea presented by Oklahoma ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel is to have a special election.

State officials told KFOR that a special election would cost $1.2 million.

The governor’s office told KFOR that an expense that great is not realistic for them right now. In April, however, a special election was funded for Oklahoma County Court Clerk, reports KFOR.

Pruitt has until September 1 to rewrite the ballot title.