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Jessi Hayes, University of Oklahoma student, and John Frasure, Norman, assemble campaign signs at a rally in support of State Question 788 at Andrews Park on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Norman, Okla. If passed it would authorize the medical use of marijuana. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Jessi Hayes, University of Oklahoma student, and John Frasure, Norman, assemble campaign signs at a rally in support of State Question 788 at Andrews Park on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Norman, Okla. If passed it would authorize the medical use of marijuana. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman


State Question 788 has proved to be controversial, and no more so than now, with less than a week to go before the day its fate is decided. 

Gov. Mary Fallin intends to call a special session to develop legislation for the practical implementation of new medical marijuana laws if voters approve State Question 788 on Tuesday, a spokesman for the governor said.

"The governor is concerned that the state would not be able to have a system established in 30 days after passage as called for in SQ 788," Michael McNutt, the governor's communication's director, said Tuesday.

"The governor still plans to talk with Senate and House leadership about a possible special session," he said.

With Tuesday's vote on medical marijuana fast approaching, the conflict between advocates and opponents has been heating up.

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Medical marijuana advocate tossed out of public forum  

The co-founder of the organization that successfully petitioned to add medical marijuana to next week's primary ballot was forcefully removed from a public forum Monday evening by the Rogers County sheriff.

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Jessi Hayes, University of Oklahoma student, and John Frasure, Norman, assemble campaign signs at a rally in support of State Question 788 at Andrews Park on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Norman, Okla.  If passed it would authorize the medical use of marijuana.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Jessi Hayes, University of Oklahoma student, and John Frasure, Norman, assemble campaign signs at a rally in support of State Question 788 at Andrews Park on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Norman, Okla. If passed it would authorize the medical use of marijuana. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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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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