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Oklahoma votes for medical marijuana 

Ron Marlatt and his wife, Liz, toast beverages after early voting results indicated a lead for the approval of SQ 788, the medical marijuana issue. The Marletts, who live in Warr Acres, attended a watch party at the Colcord Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City where a small group of medical marijuana supporters followed election results on television and electronic devices. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Ron Marlatt and his wife, Liz, toast beverages after early voting results indicated a lead for the approval of SQ 788, the medical marijuana issue. The Marletts, who live in Warr Acres, attended a watch party at the Colcord Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City where a small group of medical marijuana supporters followed election results on television and electronic devices. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Oklahomans voted for medical marijuana by a wide margin Tuesday night despite the efforts of groups who opposed the measure on the grounds it was too liberal. In the end, it passed by 14 points. From The Oklahoman's Randy Ellis: 

Country music legend Merle Haggard would have been amazed.

Soon not only are there likely to be Okies smoking marijuana in Muskogee. Some will be doing it with the legal approval of the state.

Oklahomans voted to approve the state-sanctioned use of medical marijuana Tuesday. The vote was 478,590 (57 percent) to 365,402 (43 percent) with 1,883 of 1,951 precincts reporting.

Tuesday's vote reflected a dramatic shift in attitudes toward the drug by a majority of Oklahomans in a state that has sometimes been referred to as the “buckle on the Bible belt.”

More here.

Cornett, Stitt advance
In a hotly contested GOP gubernatorial primary, former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman advanced to an August runoff to determine who will face Democrat Drew Edmondson. 

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cornett had 29 percent while Stitt had 24 percent. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb finished third with 23 percent.  

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Ron Marlatt and his wife, Liz, toast beverages after early voting results indicated a lead for the approval of SQ 788, the medical marijuana issue. The Marletts, who live in Warr Acres, attended a watch party at the Colcord Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City where a small group of medical...

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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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