Pro-medical pot group launches signature drive

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking a statewide vote on whether to allow medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma is formally launching its signature drive with a rally at the state Capitol.

The Tulsa-based group Oklahomans for Health will kick off its petition drive Wednesday.

The group must gather signatures from more than 155,000 registered Oklahoma voters in order to have the issue placed on the November ballot.

If approved, marijuana would be classified as an herbal drug regulated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Doctors would be able to prescribe it for a variety of medical conditions.

Among those expected to speak at Wednesday's rally is Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson, a longtime advocate for medicinal marijuana who is running for U.S. Senate, and two pro-marijuana candidates for governor.

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