Oklahoma Secretary of State James Williamson announced Monday that a bid to include a recreational marijuana initiative in November’s election has failed to qualify for the ballot. As required by law, the secretary of state’s office reported to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma on the petition drive to place State Question 797 on the ballot. The initiative would have legalized the recreational use and sale of cannabis in the state.
Activists for Green the Vote turned in a total of 102,814 valid signatures from the petition drive, according to the report. That number is far short of the 123,725 that were needed to successfully place the measure on the ballot.
In late July, Green the Vote reported that it had collected more than 132,000 signatures, and was in the midst of a last-minute push to collect signatures in order to ensure success before the August 8 deadline.
Numbers Reported By Activists ‘A Big Lie’
After the July update on the initiative’s progress, Dody Sullivan, a former board member of Green the Vote, said 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 said,