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Oklahoma State Question 820 moves recreational marijuana closer to ballot

Medical marijuana growing operation. (KOKH)
Medical marijuana growing operation. (KOKH)
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More than 164,000 signatures will be turned over to the Oklahoma Secretary of State Tuesday in support of State Question 820, which would legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21 if passed.

SQ 820 would amend the state constitution making recreational marijuana a right.

Supporters say it will generate much-needed state revenue for essential priorities, including schools, health care, and local governments. They also say it will responsibly and comprehensively regulate the industry to protect public health and safety.

"The overwhelming number of signatures we have received demonstrates that our campaign has the momentum, and that Oklahomans are ready to vote to legalize recreational marijuana for adults," said Campaign Director Michelle Tilley in a press release. "We are grateful to the thousands of Oklahoma voters who signed State Question 820 and believe in responsible marijuana policy."

Once signatures are submitted, there is a 10-day period where they could be challenged.

"We believe the legislature, as they learn more and more about this industry, they have shown themselves capable of adapting this into the rest of our government," said Tilley.

The biggest hurdle is getting a yes vote on the ballot in November.

Support for medical marijuana only got 56% of the vote in the previous election, so the margin is slim to pass this question.

After that, the state legislature could delay implementation.

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Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws will submit its signatures to the Secretary of State's Offices at the Oklahoma State Capitol this morning.

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