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Medical marijuana petitioners won't know signature gathering outcome until Monday

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A medical marijuana petition-gathering effort ended today, with the hopes of reaching the 66,000 signature threshold.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Boxes of signatures to get a medical marijuana proposal on the Oklahoma November ballot have been turned in, but supporters will not know if they have the 66,000 signatures they need until an official count is conducted on Monday.

“We won’t know if we have enough signatures until Monday, so it’s going to be a tense weekend,” said Joe Dorman, former state representative and Democratic gubernatorial candidate. “We printed out 4,000 cover sheets for pages that had 20 signature lines. If every sheet held 20 signatures, then we would have 80,000 signatures. We know that some were not full though.”

Approximately 1,500 volunteers worked around the state to collect the signatures needed to put the proposal on the ballot, but Dorman said the numbers will still be “very close.”

“It was difficult to get to people in all corners of the state,” he said. “We had two sheets of signatures come in two minutes past deadline that were not accepted.”

The group Oklahomans for Health started the petitions to get State Questions 787 and 788 on the ballot. One of the proposals asks voters to legalize medical marijuana for those who have doctors’ recommendations to use it while the other allows for more time to collect signatures for petitions, changing the time from 90 days to one year.

If this year’s effort did not garner the number of signatures needed, Dorman says supporters plan to launch a new effort to qualify for the ballot in 2018.

“If it was as close as we think it is and we didn’t make it, we will start it back up immediately,” the Rush Springs native told Red Dirt Report. “We will build on the momentum we have created and get it in the 2018 election.”

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