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Question to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma passes final hurdle, will be placed on future ballot

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Supporters work to gather signatures for medical marijuana petition.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Voters across Oklahoma will officially be able to choose whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in an upcoming election.

State Question 788 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 needed to collect almost 66,000 signatures.

In August, state leaders announced that the group collected 67,761 signatures, nearly 2,000 more than needed.

After it was approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the measure was sent to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who rewrote the title of the bill.

Attorney David Slane filed a request with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to restore the original language to the bill, saying the rewrite may mislead voters.

While that fight is still taking place, Oklahomans for Health announced that the measure will go to a vote of the people.

Since no one publicly challenged the signature count or the ballot title during a 10-day period, the petition passed the final hurdle before being placed on a ballot.

“The more than 67,000 Oklahomans who signed the petition for medical marijuana will have their voices heard. The historic success of this grassroots effort led by Oklahomans for Health is a testament to the overwhelming support for medical marijuana. As a result, Oklahomans will have an opportunity to cast their ballot in favor of a modern, medically proven, and evidence based drug law, moving the State one step closer to sensible drug policy. In the meantime, we will continue our challenge to the Attorney General’s politicized and misleading re-write of the ballot title while working to ensure Oklahoma voters are able to decide this question as soon as possible,” said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of ACLU of Oklahoma.

The measure will not be on November’s ballot but is assured a spot on a future ballot.