Supporters of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana initiative only gathered half the amount of voters signatures needed to push the issue to the ballot, disclosed the Oklahoma secretary of state’s office on Thursday.
The number of signatures collected totaled 75,384, half the total required number of 155,216 that would have put it in the November 4 polls. The proposed initiative would have classified marijuana as an herbal drug regulated by Oklahoma Department of Health. A patient suffering from over three dozen medical ailments such as urinary incontinence and asthma would have been eligible to obtain a medical marijuana card after being approved by a physician.
Advocacy group Oklahomans for Health tabled the signed petitions on Friday. However, supporters of the state’s medical marijuana program will continue gathering signatures until Oct. 20, after which the total number of collected signatures will be reviewed to determine whether the initiative can be taken to the ballot, reported NewsOK.
Elsewhere, a mother in Minnesota may be charged in a court after she gave her son medical marijuana after he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Angela Brown reportedly gave her son, Trey Brown, cannabis oil after he got injured in a baseball game some time back.
“It just hurts in my brain everywhere. I really can’t explain the pain,” said Trey Brown. Trey says he experiences muscle spasms, headaches and seizures, and that the pain became unbearable at some point that he started cutting and punching himself. However, on taking marijuana oil, the pain “went away”, Brown claims.
If convicted, Trey’s mother potentially faces two years in jail and a fine of $6,000. Ms. Brown now says that she is considering moving to a state where medical marijuana is legal. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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