Oklahoma is set to be the fourth state voting this November on the legalization of medical cannabis alongside Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota; five other states are voting on the legalization of cannabis for all uses (Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and California).
Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge announced today that proponents of State Question 788 have submitted 67,761 valid signatures for the initiative, more than the 65,987 required to place the measure on the November 8th general election ballot. The initiative would legalize the possession, use and licensed distribution of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician.
Before the measure is officially placed on the ballot, it will be sent to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to confirm whether the number of signatures is sufficient (a technicality). Once complete, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will have five business days to determine whether or not the ballot title is compliant with law; if it’s determined it’s not, he will have 10 business days to submit a rewritten title.
The final step involves an open period (10 days) where the public can challenge the collected signatures and the proposed ballot title.
Once all of those steps are complete, the initiative will officially be placed on the November ballot, making 10 states voting on the same day to legalize medical or recreational cannabis.