Petition for medicinal marijuana comes to Lawton

Published: Jun. 29, 2014 at 1:41 AM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla_They've been traveling all over Oklahoma for months, and now one statewide group hit the streets in Lawton on Saturday all in the name of making medicinal marijuana legal in Oklahoma. Oklahomans for Health were on the intersection Northwest Sheridan and northwest Lincoln, trying to get signatures in their first official visit to the Lawton area.

So far they have over 75,000 signatures in their petition that could put medicinal marijuana on the ballot for Oklahoma voters to vote on in November. Zach Seikel is a volunteer from Texas and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. He says that medical marijuana can help a lot of people suffering from different ailments.

"Because it is a safer alternative to a lot of different prescription drugs and that kind of stuff. There are multiple studies that have come out and shown how effective it is to treat certain disorders," said Seikel

Oklahomans for Health cite studies that show marijuana can help with anxiety, eating disorders, and a multitude of other things.  The volunteers say they aren't stopping until medical marijuana comes to Oklahoma.  

"I am a big supporter of this. I am a big believer in this. And this is something that is going to pass and its going to be great for the state of Oklahoma," said Seikel

They need 156,000 signatures by August 17th to put it to vote on the November ballot. They have several hundred volunteers working across the state to get people to register to vote and to sign the petition.

If you are interested in signing the petition, you can visit legalizeok.org.