Advocates of an Oklahoma initiative to legalize cannabis for medical purposes have collected over 75,000 signatures in roughly a month to place their proposal to a vote this November, almost half of the 156,000 required. The deadline is August 17th.
The proposal, which is supported by Senator Constance Johnson and being pushed by the organization Oklahomans for Health, would make the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis legal for those with a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis, among others. The initiative is a constitutional amendment, meaning its passage would make medical cannabis a constitutional right in the State of Oklahoma.
According to polling released last year, 71% of Oklahoma voters favor the legalization of medical cannabis.
Those interested in finding out more about the initiative and the effort behind it, including how to get involved, should click here.