Oklahoma medical marijuana campaign submits signatures

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A campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma submitted tens of thousands of signatures on Thursday to the secretary of state’s office in a bid to get a ballot question before voters this November.

The group, Oklahomans for Health, needed to hand in at least 65,987 valid signatures of registered voters to make the ballot. A campaign spokesman said he’s not certain if organizers gathered enough, but estimated that the group is likely within 5,000 above or below, the Tulsa World reported.

“We are close,” a supporter told the paper. “We are real close.”

The campaign expects to find out next week if it made the ballot. If it falls short, campaign organizers will be back in 2018.

If the initiative is certified for the 2016 ballot, it could be the ninth statewide cannabis legalization measure in the country to go before voters this fall, along with medical and recreational questions in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and North Dakota.