Medical Marijuana Supporters Hit The Streets For Signatures

Sunday, October 4th 2015, 8:45 pm
By: News 9

Supporters of medical marijuana hit the streets all across the state asking for voters to sign their petition.

“We are patients working for patients,” said Juliette Freese with the group "Green the Vote."

The group wants an initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the November 2016 ballot. After filing their petition in August, the clock for signature collecting is now ticking.

In Oklahoma City, volunteers made their pitch outside Organics OKC.

“They hear medical marijuana and they think it’s about getting high. It’s not about getting high. It’s about getting better. Give us the opportunity to choose what medication we give our children and the opportunity for ourselves to choose,” Freese said.

10/4/2015 Related Story: Medical Marijuana Petitions Circulate Outside Tulsa State Fair

The American Medical Association does not endorse state-based legalization but does call for further studies of marijuana.

Freese said "Green the Vote" has until Dec. 29 to get at least 123,000 signatures.

They claim Oklahomans are more curious about cannabis and aware of its alleged uses, so they're confident more than enough people will be convinced to sign.

“We know that we’re going to make it this time,” Freese said.

Because of voter turnout, this group has about 30,000 fewer signatures to gather compared to the previous group, "Oklahomans for Health."