Oklahomans for Health, a political non-profit organization based out of Tulsa, visited Altus on Wednesday, July 9, giving registered voters a chance to sign a state-wide petition to legalize medical marijuana. The organization’s volunteers set up their mobile petition site at E. Broadway and Julian Street, after relocating from Main Street, where some Altus residents stopped by not only to sign the petition, but to also become registered voters.
Samuel Molik, a Volunteer Coordinator, explained that the group is in the middle of a 40-day “road trip,” traveling to cities and towns across the state with the goal of reaching 156,000 signatures to place the medical marijuana question on the Nov. 4, election ballot. Currently they have collected just over 70,000 signatures with 37 days left.
The team sets up everyday in a new town around 10:30 a.m. until sundown. If their goal is met, voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” for a state constitutional amendment. The measure would then legalize the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma. No prescription would be required, just a medical marijuana license allowing limited possession, as issued by the Department of Health.
“The whole point of this is to gather at many signatures of registered voters as we can before Aug. 16. That’s our deadline,” Molik said. “We’re asking they get registered to vote, sign the petition, and if they want to help us gather signatures we can get them hooked up as a volunteer right on the spot.”
Molik stated they have two full times canvassing teams, and that there are 95 businesses around the State that are hosting the petition full-time.
Currently there are 23 states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana.
For more information visit Legalizeok.org or Facebook.com/oklahomansforhealth.