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Oklahoma MMJ Supporters Say They Are ‘Real Close’ to Ballot Initiative

Supporters in Oklahoma collecting signatures for a medical marijuana ballot initiative say they are “real close” to securing a spot for the measure on the November ballot, according to a Tulsa World report.

The group needs 65,987 signatures for the initiative to appear on the ballot.

“I am willing to do whatever it takes to help people with epilepsy, chronic illness and pain,” A.J. Birk, who worked on the campaign, said in the report. “It is time to stop losing reefer refugees.”

This is the second attempt for Oklahomans for Health, whose first bid failed, as did a previous attempt by Green the Vote.

Chip Paul, a spokesman for Oklahomans for Health, said the group is within 5,000 signatures either way. He not only expects to know the fate of the proposal next week, but also expects the proposal to be challenged in court if the petition campaign is successful.

Former Oklahoma House member and Oklahomans for Health board member Joe Dorman, said if this bid fails they will continue their attempts to get a measure on a ballot in subsequent elections. He believes that many more people support the measure, but have been intimidated and are afraid to sign the petition.     

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