According to a Facebook post from Joe Dorman, Oklahomans for Health has successfully submitted enough signatures to place a proposal for medical marijuana on the ballot in the Sooner State.
Gov. Mary Fallin will still have to place the measure on a ballot, something she did with five other state questions Monday.
SQ 788: Dorman predicts ‘big year’ for medical marijuana by William W. Savage III
Fallin placed those on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, which will also host a school bond for Oklahoma City Public Schools as of earlier today.
Fallin could choose to place a State Question on a separate ballot of some sort, and may have to owing to required waiting periods for review.
Dorman announced that the campaign turned in 67,761 signatures, and they only needed 65,987 to make the ballot.
KFOR reported that Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge confirmed the accomplishment.
This makes the first time Oklahoma voters will have a chance to vote on marijuana in any form. Voters in Arkansas have narrowly defeated a similar proposal, but they will be voting on the issue again in November.
In July, Dorman told NonDoc predicted a big year for medical marijuana across the country. He noted how his position on it had matured over the years:
“My attitude has changed over the last decade, and I think there are a lot of people out there who feel that way, especially if they’ve experienced a loved one going through some kind of medical condition where this can help,” Dorman said. “My grandmother died of colorectal cancer in the 1950s. My mom turned 80 years old this year, and she’s collecting signatures. You have a lot of people out there who are supportive of this.”
Less than an hour before he announced the news about SQ 788 on his Facebook, Dorman had posted a note about his mother being back in the hospital.
The 2014 gubernatorial candidate asked for thoughts and prayers.
The governor’s office issued a press release highlighting the uncertainty of SQ 788’s ballot placement.
(Update: This post has been updated to add additional information as details unfolded.)