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State officials: Enough signatures collected for medical marijuana petition to move forward

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It seems that a question regarding medical marijuana is one step closer to going before a vote of the people.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge announced that his office had finished counting signatures for State Question 788.

The question would allow Oklahomans to vote on whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.

Before the question could go to a vote of the people, supporters would need to collect almost 66,000 signatures.

The petition drive kicked off in May and ended earlier this month.

In all, officials say the group needed 65,987 signatures for the petition to move forward.

On Tuesday, state leaders announced that the group collected 67,761 signatures, nearly 2,000 more than was required.

However, authorities say there are still several steps left in the process before it can qualify to be placed on the ballot.

Now, the secretary of state’s office will send a report to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which will then determine if the signatures are sufficient for the proposal to be placed on the ballot.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will then have five days to review the ballot title before the public can challenge the signatures or ballot title.

When it has cleared those hurdles, it can then qualify to be placed on the ballot.