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Not enough signatures gathered for medical marijuana petition

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photograph, a marijuana plant is shown as it is grown at the Colorado Harvest Company in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) -- A petition initiative to allow voters to decide whether or not to put the right to medical marijuana in the Oklahoma Constitution has not garnered enough signatures to make the ballot.

Oklahoma Secretary of State James Williamson said State Question 796 gathered 95,176 signatures. The drive needed 123,725 signatures to be put on the ballot, which equals 15 percent of the total number of ballots cast in the 2014 gubernatorial election (824,831).

Williamson's report must be sent to the Oklahoma Supreme Court for review, as required by law. Another petition, State Question 797, would ask voters to decide on recreational marijuana. The signatures for that petition have not yet been counted.

In June, Oklahoma voters passed SQ 788 allowing for the licensed use, sale and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes.


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