Green said ORCA will be looking for partners in the state’s legal marijuana industry to help in the effort and raise awareness. He thinks the campaign itself could be a signal to lawmakers that Oklahoma is ready for the next step in building a revenue-generating cannabis industry. They’re aiming for 300,000 signatures, well over the amount required, to send a message.
“If we do that, and get organized in every district across the state, I don’t care … what they say” — the effect on legislators could be “chilling,” Green said, noting the next session will convene February to May at the Capitol.
That is also ORCA’s projected start for signature gathering, a testament to Green’s confidence in the January ruling from the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He says most of the challenges of any substance were addressed Dec. 14 before a court referee.
“If all goes well,” Green said, and ORCA is able to submit more than the minimum required signatures by June, “it would give the governor greater flexibility to allow us onto the primary runoff ballot.”
His preference would be the late-August primary runoff ballot over the general election in November, Green said. ORCA has a steep hill to climb to get to that point, but he is all optimism.