Green The Vote filed petitions on April 3rd to begin collecting signatures for State Questions 796 and 797 to legalize MMJ and recreational marijuana through constitutional amendments. They were just given the green light by the Oklahoma Secretary of State to start that process.
Green the Vote president, Isaac Caviness, said the group now has 90 days from May 11 to get all the signatures onto the November ballot.
They need to collect 124,000 signatures between Many 11 and August 8, said Caniness, when they intend to deliver the signatures to the Capitol.
Governor Mary Fallin set a June election date for a different State Question, No. 788, which, if approved, would allow doctors to recommend MMJ licenses to patients, who could then possess up to three ounces of weed, six mature plants and six seedlings.
“The main difference in ours [Green the Vote] is that it is a constitutional amendment so the Legislature won’t be able to do all the shenanigans with it that they have been trying to do with State Question 788,” Caviness told the Tulsa World.
Caviness explained that Green the Vote’s MMJ petition has a list of qualifying conditions, unlike State Question 788, which requires it to be administered under the care of a doctor.
Then there is State Question 797, which seeks to legalize adult use cannabis.
If passed, the measure would require that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund.
Oklahoma schools desperately need the money
Oklahoma teachers are among the lowest paid in the country as state funding for education has declined 28% per student over the past ten years. Indeed, Oklahoma’s teachers went out on strike for nine days earlier this month.