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Recreational marijuana petition campaign still on track despite challenges, says organizer

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Green said ORCA will seek partners in the state’s legal marijuana industry to assist with efforts and raise awareness. He believes the campaign itself could be a signal to lawmakers that Oklahoma is ready for the next step in building an income-generating cannabis industry. They aim to get 300,000 signatures, which is a lot more than the amount needed, to send a message.

“If we do that, and organize in every district across the state, I don’t care…what they say” — the impact on lawmakers could be “scary,” Green said, noting that the next hearing will take place in February to May at the Capitol.

This is also the expected start for ORCA to collect signatures, a testament to Greene’s confidence in the January ruling of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He says most of the challenges related to any article dealt with on December 14 before a court ruling.

“If all goes well,” Green said, and ORCA is able to provide more than the minimum required signatures by June, “it will give the governor more flexibility to allow us to sign up for the initial run-off.”

Green said he would prefer a run-off election in late August than a general election in November. ORCA has a very steep hill to climb to get to that point, but he’s totally hopeful.


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