Shortly after legalizing MMJ, Oklahoma submits signatures to vote on recreational pot

Shortly after legalizing MMJ, Oklahoma submits signatures to vote on recreational pot

Well that escalated quickly!

VicesAugust 09, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide vote after saying it may not have enough.

The pro-marijuana group Green the Vote submitted the signatures to the secretary of state Wednesday, a day after saying it didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

[Joshua Lewelling, left, of Tulsa, Okla., with Green The Vote, and Amy C., right, an administrative assistant in the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office, box up and check in petitions to put pro-marijuana measurers on the ballot, in Oklahoma City. //photo Sue Ogrocki, AP]

The group said last month it had more than enough signatures, but on Tuesday announced that those numbers were inflated. The group needs at least 124,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot but had collected less than 80,000 before Wednesday, the deadline to collect signatures.

State Question 797 would make recreational marijuana legal for adults 21 or older. In June, voters approved a statewide ballot measure authorizing the medicinal use of marijuana.

[cover photo Sue Ogrocki, AP]