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OKLAHOMA CITY - Medical marijuana supporters believe the drug will soon become legal in Oklahoma.

Right now, a petition is circulating to get the issue on the November ballot.

Oklahoman’s for Health need 66,000 signatures.

The petition kicked off May 14th and will end August 11th.

So far the group says it has around 8,000 to 10,000 signatures.

About half of those were collected at this weekend’s Paseo Arts Festival.

Those heading the petition feel strongly that legalizing medical marijuana would turn our state around.

"From what I've seen in other states that I've worked in the industry in, it's brought a lot of tax money, help to patients and also increasing the job market," William Patrick Jones, with Oklahoman’s for Health, said.

Oklahomans who signed the petition feel strongly about their reason.

"I look at Colorado and I look at how much money they've been able to reinvest into their infrastructure and into education system, and that I think is really important to me as an educator myself and because my children go to school here," Aharen Richardson said.

"I don't like the stuff, but you know for medical uses I totally agree with it," Shaun Franklin said.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics does not agree, calling marijuana a gateway drug that leads to other addictions.

“OBN has supported legitimate medical forms including CBD tincture oil for seizure disorders and THC in pill form. However, OBN sides with medical experts who have long opposed patients smoking marijuana,” Mark Woodward, an OBN spokesman, said.

"This is legitimate medicine and except the fact that we're not going away and we will keep doing this every year until we get the medicine that we want," Jones responded.

Oklahoman’s for Health also have another petition.

If medical marijuana is legalized it would keep lawmakers from repealing the decision for two years.

Under the proposal seven percent of sales would go back to the state.