“This is a huge hurdle,” state officials will decide whether 67,000 signatures on medical marijuana petition make ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- It looked like a victory for those in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

But now, it’s hit a roadblock.

A legal loophole may stop the initiative before you can even vote on it in November.

The group, Oklahomans for Health, has gathered 67,000 signatures to surpass the needed number for a statutory ballot initiative.

Now, this all comes down to timing.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt wants to rewrite the ballot title.

"For a conservative state like Oklahoma to be looking at this type of issue is huge,” Marty Piel says.

It’s been a two year battle for some Oklahoma families, hoping medical marijuana would become legal here.

Now, that could be a possibility with more than 67,000 signatures on a petition in just 3 months.

“This is a huge hurdle that`s been overcome by achieving ballot access with enough signatures,” Joe Dorman says.

But it may not make the November 2016 ballot.

Before Governor Fallin says she can put it before voters, AG Scott Pruitt wants to rewrite the ballot title.

“The Attorney General’s Office has expedited the process of rewriting this ballot title and is working diligently to complete the ballot title in an efficient manner,” AG Spokesman Lincoln Ferguson said.

“We’re encouraging the governor consider a special election that would coincide with the general election this November,” Oklahoma ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel said.

State officials say that would cost $1.2 million for a special election.

That’s money the governor’s office told Newschannel 4 the election board doesn’t have, even though they paid for a special election for Oklahoma County Court Clerk, which put Rick Warren in office in April.

“We recognize there are many Oklahomans who are out there suffering different medical conditions,” Dorman said.

Those are conditions proponents say medical marijuana could help on top of bringing in money.

“There would be a 7 percent tax on the products that are sold, you would also have the property taxes from the individuals who are growing the product for medical use,” Dorman said.

AG Pruitt said he has until next Thursday to rewrite the ballot title. But the state election board says it needs to print ballots on Tuesday.

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