Oklahoma Marijuana Legalization Unlikely to be Ready for November Vote, Secretary of State Says

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s secretary of state says an initiative petition to allow Oklahoma voters to decide whether to legalize cannabis for recreational use is “highly unlikely” to appear on the election ballot in November.

Secretary of State James Williamson told reporters Monday, July 23, 2018, that even if supporters get the nearly 124,000 signatures they need by the Aug. 8, 2018, deadline, it’s unlikely to qualify for the ballot in November because of procedural requirements. If it doesn’t, the governor could set a special election or place the issue on the next statewide ballot in 2020.

Advocates for legalization say they’ve gathered about 118,000 signatures so far.

Petition organizer Isaac Caviness says he’s seen huge enthusiasm since the state Board of Health voted to place tough new restrictions on medical cannabis after it was approved by voters on June 26, 2018.

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