After a surprise announcement Tuesday, it does not appear that Green the Vote will have enough signatures to place a constitutional question for recreational marijuana on a ballot.
Activists still plan to deliver petitions to the Capitol on the Wednesday deadline, but it’s still unclear what will happen with the group and its mission to legalize recreational cannabis after the final signature count is released.
Last week, the Tulsa World reported that Green the Vote said it had gathered the necessary signatures for a public vote on State Question 797, which would make recreational marijuana legal for adults 21 or older. But overnight Monday, the cannabis community learned via social media that the 132,527 number provided had been intentionally inflated by two of the group’s board members and that the drive actually gathered closer to 75,000 signatures.
The group also promoted State Question 796 in support of a constitutional amendment regarding medical marijuana, but organizers never claimed that it had crossed the signature threshold.
“I’m sure there are plenty of mad people, and that’s absolutely understandable. But we all want the same thing here,” Green the Vote co-founder and board member Joshua Lewelling told the Tulsa World on Tuesday afternoon. [Read more at Tulsa World]