Oklahoma Has Signatures to Proceed With Medical Marijuana Ballot Question



Advocates of legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma have collected enough signatures to move forward in a process that could bring the issue to a vote, according to an Aug. 23, 2016, article at KFOR.com, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Supporters needed 66,000 signatures to begin the process of getting State Question 788 on the ballot, which would allow the medical marijuana vote.

On Aug. 23, 2016, Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge announced state officials had finished counting the submitted signatures, and the final tally was 67,761.

The signatures are just the beginning of the process.

Next, Benge will send a report on the petition signatures to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which will decide whether the signatures are adequate to get State Question 788 in front of the voters.

After that, the ballot question will go to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for review. Then, the public will be allowed to challenge the signatures or the ballot title. At that point, barring any substantial issues during public input, State Question 788 will be on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot.

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