Oklahoma Recreational Marijuana Ballot Petition Reaches Signature Goal
A petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has reached the required number of signatures for the ballot, say activists. Green the Vote, the group behind the petition, announced on Sunday that they have reached their goal and are awaiting final approval for the November ballot.
Green the Vote collected 132,527 signatures, surpassing the required 124,000 and ahead of the August 8 deadline. The measure will be known as State Question 797. Should it pass, it would add both medical and recreational marijuana regulation to the Oklahoma Constitution.
Isaac Caviness, leader of the Green the Vote, said his group never questioned their ability to surpass the required number of signatures. They plan to continue gathering until they have at least 150,000 to ensure the measure makes it on the ballot. Before the measure is officially included in the ballot, the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office must review and verify the signatures.
Under the constitutional amendment, adults 21-and-over would be allowed to use marijuana in the state. Adults would be allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use. Additionally, the amendment calls for the state to establish recreational marijuana sales.
Voters in Oklahoma approved State Question 788 by an overwhelming margin to legalize medical marijuana in the state. A separate constitutional amendment, Question 796, seeks to recategorize marijuana in the state as a medicinal drug. This would make the state’s medical marijuana program less restrictive, allowing patients with a variety of chronic illnesses and disorders to qualify for treatment.