After Confessing to Inflated Signatures, Oklahoma Marijuana Advocates Turn in Petitions for Legalization Vote | Marijuana

After Confessing to Inflated Signatures, Oklahoma Marijuana Advocates Turn in Petitions for Legalization Vote

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational cannabis in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide vote after saying it may not have enough.

Marijuana advocacy group Green the Vote delivers signatures Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 to the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office, to put a legalization measure on the ballot, in Oklahoma City. (Associated Press Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The pro-marijuana group Green the Vote submitted the signatures to the secretary of state Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, a day after group leaders confessed on their Facebook account that they didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

James Rowland, left, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, and Christi Wolff, right, of Chandler, Oklahoma, wave to passing motorists Wednesday, August 8, 2018, as cannabis legalization supporters put the finishing touches on petitions before submitting signatures in Oklahoma City to put the proposal on the general election ballot. (Associated Press Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Isaac Caviness, center, of Green The Vote, talks with marijuana supporters as the group puts the finishing touches Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, on petitions before submitting signatures in Oklahoma City to put the proposal on the general election ballot.,. (Associated Press Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The group said in July 2018 it had more than enough signatures, but announced on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, that those numbers were inflated. The group needs at least 124,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot but had collected fewer than 80,000 before Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, the deadline to collect signatures.

Sheila Hoselton, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, runs into the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 with the final petition in Oklahoma City, the capital.. Aug. 8 was the deadline for supporters of recreational marijuana to submit signatures to put the proposal on the general election ballot. (Associated Press Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

State Question 797 would make recreational marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. On June 26, 2018, voters approved State Question 788, a statewide ballot measure authorizing the medicinal use of cannabis. It passed with nearly 57 percent of the vote.

Volunteers pick up petitions from the floor outside the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 in Oklahoma City. Green the Vote, the organization behind the signature drive, had admitted that it might not have had enough signatures to qualify recreational marijuana legalization for the November 2018 ballot. . (Associated Press Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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