Oklahoma Cannabis Group Lied About Number of Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative Signatures

Many people were excited about an effort in Oklahoma to add a recreational ballot initiative to this November's elections. But apparently the group behind that effort wasn't entirely honest.

Isaac Caviness and Dody Sullivan, two members of Green the Vote, admitted they lied about the number of signatures they received for a potential recreational ballot initiative in Oklahoma. Last week Green the Vote said they had enough signatures to submit their recreational marijuana ballot initiative petition to the state, but it turns out that instead of the 125,000 they needed, they only had around 75,000.

When Green the Vote began collecting signatures for the ballot initiative, the numbers were lower than they needed to qualify. So Caviness and Sullivan got the idea to lie about the amount of signatures they had received. They thought inflating the number of signatures they had received would build momentum for the ballot initiative and it would motivate others to sign up.

Sullivan and Caviness said they acted independently and the rest of Green the Vote was not aware of their actions.

On the bright side, the state of Oklahoma had basically said multiple times that even if Green the Vote had enough signatures and submitted them, they still probably wouldn't have gotten recreational marijuana on the November ballot because the state still needed to verify all the signatures and that would take longer than the deadline for ballot initiatives. So Sullivan and Caviness' lies probably didn't change anything about whether or not the initiative would've ended up on the November ballot.

(h/t Tulsa World)

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