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‘They either suffer… or commit a felony,’ Oklahomans fighting to get medical marijuana on the ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of Oklahomans is trying to put pot on the ballot.

The group 'Oklahomans For Health' is hoping to gain enough pro-medical marijuana signatures to put the issue to a vote of the people.

They need to collect 160,000 signatures by August to reach their goal.

Chip Paul, with Oklahomans For Health, said, "We need more volunteers. We need more petition sites."

The effort ramped up Wednesday as the group held a kick off rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Paul said, "It's the right thing to do health-wise."

A petition gatherer said, "It's not even, can we do this? It's going to happen. We're going to be on the ballot."

Mike McGee showed up in support of the effort.

He said, "We shouldn't have to leave our state to get medical attention."

McGee says he has seen just how beneficial the drug can be in helping those with seizure disorders and cancer.

He said, "It can be abused like anything else but if done properly, it can be a great benefit to a lot of people."

Paul says it's a healthcare issue, not a recreational use issue.

He said, "A recreational effort would be a totally separate effort."

Having worked in the healthcare industry, Paul says this is necessary to bring healing to many who haven't found it through traditional pharmaceuticals.

He said, "There are thousands of Oklahomans who suffer. They either suffer every day because this isn't available or they commit a felony."

You can find more information on their efforts and details about where you can go to sign the petition on their website.