One of two petitions from Oklahomans for Health falls short of signatures

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OKLAHOMA CITY– An attempt to change the petition process seems to have fallen short.

The organization Oklahomans for Health have been organizing signings for State Questions 787 and 788.

SQ 787 would amend statutes to reform the initiative and referendum petition process, allowing for one year of circulation instead of ninety days, and would also allow for 8 1/2 by 11 sized paper be used in addition to legal sized paper.

SQ 788, would put medical marijuana with a recommendation from an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician on the November ballot. If the measure passed it would also legalizes commercial medical marijuana dispensaries, growing, and processing licenses regulated by the Department of Health. It would protect card holders from any criminal charges and lowers penalties for unlicensed possession.

Both petitions have now been submitted.

It was announced Friday that SQ 787 had 59,981 signatures, falling short of the 65,987 required to make it to the ballot.

However, following state law, the Secretary of State office will send their findings to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to see if the gathered amount of signatures is sufficient to allow the question to move forward in the voting process.

The signatures for SQ 788 are currently being evaluated and a final count should be announced next week.

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