Oklahoma Secretary of State James Williamson introduced Monday that a bid to incorporate a leisure marijuana initiative in November’s election has did not qualify for the poll. As required by regulation, the secretary of state’s workplace reported to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma on the petition drive to put State Question 797 on the poll. The initiative would have legalized the leisure use and sale of hashish within the state.
Activists for Green the Vote turned in a complete of 102,814 legitimate signatures from the petition drive, in response to the report. That quantity is way in need of the 123,725 that have been wanted to efficiently place the measure on the poll.
In late July, Green the Vote reported that it had collected greater than 132,000 signatures, and was within the midst of a last-minute push to gather signatures as a way to guarantee success earlier than the August eight deadline.
Numbers Reported By Activists ‘A Big Lie’
After the July replace on the initiative’s progress, Dody Sullivan, a former board member of Green the Vote, stated in a Facebook video that the group had falsified the numbers.
“The numbers that have been spoken are not even close to what is in the office,” Sullivan stated, in accordance with native media. “It’s an enormous lie.’
“The numbers that I counted were not the numbers you were given,” Sullivan added.
Sullivan stated that early within the State Question 797 marketing campaign, organizers determined to inflate the variety of signatures gathered with a view to create publicity and momentum for the initiative.
After Sullivan posted her video, Isaac Caviness, a Green the Vote organizer, admitted that he couldn’t confirm the numbers that had been reported earlier.
“We did not mean this in any kind of malicious way. We felt like we were estimating very close. I should not have told you all that these were hard numbers. I should have told you all that these were estimates,” Caviness stated.
Up Next: 2020
Despite the failure of State Question 797 to qualify for this yr’s poll, Oklahoma hashish advocates are already wanting ahead to their subsequent probability to cross an initiative, in 2020.
CJ West is within the course of of building CJ’s Cannabis Junction, which shall be a hashish cultivation and processing facility and medical marijuana dispensary within the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. Voters in Oklahoma legalized the medicinal use of hashish earlier this yr with the passage of State Question 788 in June.
West informed High Times that he believes that a new leisure initiative will qualify for the poll through the subsequent election cycle.
“It is unfortunate that it did not make it on the ballot this time,” stated West. “With all the new business opportunities opening up in the cannabis industry in Oklahoma, I believe that there will be sufficient help to raise the signatures needed next time around.”
But he added, many hashish customers will qualify to take part within the new medical marijuana program.
“I do believe with the current standards for receiving a doctor’s referral, that the people who know the benefits of cannabis use will have no problem obtaining a referral to be covered legally until we can pass a recreational law,” West stated.