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Push to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma moves forward

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A push to let Oklahoma voters decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older will move forward.

The Oklahoma Secretary of State Brian Bingman said supporters of State Question 820 got enough valid signatures to put it on an upcoming ballot.

In a news release, Yes On 820 campaign officials said they had more than 117,000 valid signatures. The group needed 94,911.

Organizers for Yes On 820 wanted to get the question on the November ballot, but they’re concerned it won’t happen due to what they called a slow signature verification process with a new private vendor.

“This delay means the Oklahoma State Election Board may not receive the green light to print the ballot in time for voters to vote on it in November,” Michelle Tilley, spokesperson for Yes On 820, said in a news release.

Tilley said the group filed a document with the Oklahoma Supreme Court asking that justices ensure the state question is voted on this November. If it doesn’t, SQ 820 will be on the ballot in 2023.

In 2018, Oklahomans voted in favor of a state question that legalized medical marijuana in the state.

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