After Confessing to Inflated Signatures, Oklahoma Marijuana Advocates Turn in Petitions for Legalization Vote

After Confessing to Inflated Signatures, Oklahoma Marijuana Advocates Turn in Petitions for Legalization Vote

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

Marijuana advocacy group Green the Vote delivers signatures Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 into the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office, to put a legalization measure on the ballot, in Oklahoma City.

The pro-marijuana group Green the Vote submitted the signatures to the secretary of state Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, a day after group leaders confessed to their Facebook account that they didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

James Rowland, left, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, and Christi Wolff, right, of Chandler, Oklahoma, wave to passing drivers Wednesday, August 8, 2018, as cannabis legalization fans put the finishing touches on petitions before submitting signatures in Oklahoma City to put the proposal on the general election ballot.

Isaac Caviness, center, of Green The Vote, talks with marijuana supporters as the group puts the finishing touches Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, on petitions before submitting signatures in Oklahoma City to put the proposal on the general election ballot.,.

The group said in July 2018 it had more than enough signatures, but announced on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, that those numbers were inflated. The group needs at least 124,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot but had collected fewer than 80,000 earlier Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, the deadline to collect signatures.

Sheila Hoselton, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, runs into the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 with the final petition in Oklahoma City, the capital. . Aug. 8 was the deadline for fans of recreational marijuana to submit signatures to put the proposal on the general election ballot.

On June 26, 2018, voters approved State Question 788, a statewide ballot measure authorizing the medicinal use of cannabis. It passed with almost 57 percent of the vote.

Volunteers pick up petitions from the floor outside the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 at Oklahoma City. Green the Vote, the organization behind the signature drive, had confessed that it might not have had enough signatures to qualify recreational marijuana legalization for the November 2018 ballot. . (Associated Press Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Published at Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:13:37 +0000

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