Signatures for recreational cannabis petition in Oklahoma delivered
Cannabis advocacy group Green the Vote has admitted to inflating signature numbers for its recreational cannabis petition. Instead of the more than 132,000 signatures that the group has earlier claimed to have gathered, the actual number is closer to 80,000.
The number of signatures needed to get recreational cannabis legalization on the ballot is 124,000. And the group’s admission came only days before the deadline.
However, despite this major roadblock, Green the Vote delivered the signatures to the office of the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The only problem is that they delivered an unknown number of signatures.
Green the Vote had set up tents in the Capitol parking lot to collect additional signatures.
If the required mumber of signatures are verified, the group will start campaigning to get the measure approved by Oklahoma voters.
North Dakota recreational cannabis legalization petition qualifies for November ballot
Meanwhile, in North Dakota, the secretary of state’s office has determined that voters will get the chance to decide on full cannabis legalization in November. This after cannabis advocates had collected enough number of signatures to qualify a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis.
However, unlike legalization measures approved in other states, North Dakota’s proposal does not set any limit to the amount of marijuana adult users could possess or cultivate. Moreover, the proposal would allow a system of legal cannabis sales and production.
North Dakota already legalized medical cannabis two years ago when voters passed an initiative by a margin of 64% to 36%. The implementation, however, has been slow. In fact, officials announced only last week that they received nearly 20 cannabis dispensary license applications. Moreover, legal sales of medical cannabis are not expected to begin until 2019.