Gov. Fallin sets election date for medical marijuana issue


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Gov. Mary Fallin set a June election date for the medical marijuana ballot measure.

Fallin filed an executive proclamation Thursday placing State Question 788 on the June 26 primary election ballot. Her other option was to place the issue on the November general election ballot.

Supporters of an initiative petition asking voters to legalize medical marijuana gathered enough signatures in 2016 to schedule a statewide referendum on the measure.

“Backers of this proposal to legalize medical marijuana followed procedures and gathered the more than 66,000 required signatures to submit the issue to a vote of the people,” said Fallin. “I’m fulfilling my duty as governor to decide when that election will occur this year.”

If approved by voters, the measure would permit doctors to recommend a patient, who is at least 18 years old, for a state-issued medical marijuana license, according to the governor’s office.

A license holder would be allowed to legally possess up to three ounces of the drug, six mature plants and six seedlings, officials said. These limits can be increased by individual counties or cities.