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Frank Grove holds a sign for a portrait at Northwest Expressway and N Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Grove and other volunteers are trying to get 66,000 signatures on a petition to get a statewide vote on for legalizing medical marijuana. Photo by Kurt Steiss, The Oklahoman
Frank Grove holds a sign for a portrait at Northwest Expressway and N Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Grove and other volunteers are trying to get 66,000 signatures on a petition to get a statewide vote on for legalizing medical marijuana. Photo by Kurt Steiss, The Oklahoman

Gov. Mary Fallin has set the election date for Oklahoma's medical marijuana proposal for June 26.

The election coincides with the primary election, which generally sees lower turnout among voters. With such a high-interest ballot question, however, more registered voters than normal could head to the polls.

The proposal would create a system for people to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from doctors and then buy the product from a dispensary. The law also sets up a framework for growers, transporters and retail sales of the drug.

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What about Oklahoma? 

Even as Jeff Sessions attempts a crackdown on medical and recreational marijuana, it has never been more popular in the United States. An October 2017 Gallup poll found 64 percent of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized. Medical marijuana support is typically higher. 

As for Oklahoma's medical marijuana question? There is a lack of recent polling, but a 2013 SoonerPoll found 71 percent of Oklahomans were in favor of some form of medical marijuana, while 57 percent favored decriminalizing it.

Voters in neighboring Arkansas approved medical marijuana in 2016. 

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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