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Oklahoma, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Nebraska offer signatures to put cannabis on the November ballot

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It looks like there may be another green wave coming in November.

Last week, residents of Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Dakota submitted signatures to qualify adult cannabis legalization procedures for their November 2022 state ballot.

And they didn’t scream either. Campaigns in all of these states succeeded in getting more than 50% more signatures than they needed to qualify.

In similarly conservative Nebraska, activists have handed out what they hope will be enough signatures to put medical marijuana back on the ballot. In 2020, the state Supreme Court Medical marijuana ballot measure killed for highly questionable reasons.

“As in past election years, voters in traditional ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in favor of ending the failed cannabis decriminalization policy,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said in a recent press release. . “And if the past is past, then voters in 2022 will once again show that legalizing and regulating marijuana is favored by a majority of voters, regardless of geography or party affiliation.”

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the group Oklahoma City Reasonable Marijuana Laws Need to turn in 95,000 valid signatures to qualify for legalization of adult use for the November vote… They gave 164,000 complete signatures.

Assuming 95,000 signatures are validated, Oklahomaman will vote next November Question 820. The measure would allow the purchase and possession of up to one ounce of cannabis (or equivalent in other forms), purchase taxes at 15%, allow individuals to grow six plants in the home, and create an erasure pathway.

Medical marijuana is currently legal in Oklahoma, where the state has a program Both thriving and chaotic.

Big turnout in Arkansas

Arkansas Responsible Growth They only needed to collect 89,000 signatures for adult use in the November ballot, but they delivered more than twice that: 193,000 signatures.

their size It will not allow home farming, and will limit licenses in the state: 20 farmers, 120 dispensaries.

The procedure has faced criticism for creating an industrial framework It can be subject to monopoly.

North Dakota builds voters to succeed where lawmakers have failed

Although North Dakota activists only needed to turn in 16,000 signatures — 2% of the state’s population — to get the adult use gauge in the November ballot, they submitted nearly 26,000 signatures.

the scale The purchase and possession of up to one ounce of cannabis or its equivalent in other forms will be permitted. Individuals can grow up to three plants at home.

Last year, the state Senate kill bill It would legalize marijuana. Contains provisions similar to the current measure.

Fingers crossed to Nebraska

Activists in Nebraska needed to provide 87,000 valid signatures for two separate procedures to qualify medical marijuana for the November ballot. They made more than 90,000. In other words, if more than 3,000 signatures are found to be invalid, they will not be eligible to vote.

The same group, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, successfully qualified medical marijuana for the 2020 ballot, but the state Supreme Court ruled the measure invalid (although the Nebraska Secretary of State has already given the green light).

Matthew Schwech, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said, “This is a deeply disgraceful and flawed decision by a group of activist judges.” He said in a statement at the time.

2022 petition If eligible to vote and passed in November, it would separately prevent the arrest of marijuana patients, and create a regulatory body to create a framework for the state’s industry.

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