Oklahoma Legalization Initiative Reaches Signature Goal

By Benjie Cooper

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The group behind a petition that would legalize cannabis in the state of Oklahoma has announced that they have collected enough signatures to meet their goal and qualify for the November 2018 ballot.

Green The Vote (GTV) posted a graphic to their Facebook page on Sunday showing the current signature tallies of their SQ796 medical amendment and SQ797 recreational initiative.

SQ797 would amend the state constitution to classify marijuana as an herbal drug and regulate it through the Oklahoma Cannabis Commission.

SQ797 would allow anyone who is at least 21 years of age to grow, process, buy, possess, sell, and consume cannabis and derivatives.

Of the 124,000 signatures that GTV needed to collect by August 8 to get each initiative on the ballot, SQ796 was shy of the goal at 115,123, but SQ797 was well above the requirement with a total of 132,527.

Each initiative requires 124,000 votes, but GTV’s goal for each is 125,000.

But even though GTV may have met the signature requirement for SQ797, the Oklahoma Secretary of State says there is little chance that the initiative will make it to the 2018 ballot due to procedural requirements. If the bill does not get a vote in November, a special election could take place for it, or it might end up on the 2020 ballot.