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Oklahoma will not vote on legalization in November

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Sorry, Oklahoma: You won’t be voting on cannabis for adults this year.

Yesterday, September 21, the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit brought by the legalization campaign to ensure that the measure—Question 820– She will appear in the November poll.

The campaign accused Oklahoma state officials – and I hired an offshore company in August To verify signatures – to slow down the process and thus impede their efforts to get legalization on the ballot before the state began printing ballots.

“It is disappointing that so few people with their own political interests were able to use the process to prevent voters from voting on this in November,” 820 campaign manager Michelle Tilly said in a statement. “However, we can’t lose sight of how far we’ve come. This is a big deal.”

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Supporters pointed to this problem a month ago when it became clear that the process was proceeding abnormally slowly.

“The last petition that Oklahoma residents voted on took 17 days to count 313,000 signatures,” Tilly said. He said in a press release at the time. “In return, we gave half that amount and it took three times the time.”

Yes on 820 . campaign Collected more than 117,000 valid signatures. That’s 20,000 more than the requested amount.

However, proponents of legalization should not be completely lost. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling means that Oklahoma residents will still vote on Q820: either during the 2024 general election, or before that, if Governor Kevin State (right) calls a special election.

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Yesterday, the court also dismissed four separate lawsuits that sought to nullify and prevent the initiative Ever Appear on the ballot in Oklahoma.

“Now that the petition phase is over, Oklahomaman will vote to legalize recreational cannabis here and we can soon realize all the benefits it will bring to our state,” Tilley added.

Oklahoma Medical marijuana approved in 2018. The state program has Disreputable For its chaotic and Wild West approach to licensing. Currently, Approximately one in ten residents He’s registered as a medical marijuana patient, the highest per capita in the country.

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