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Group seeks to decriminalize pot in Oklahoma City

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 4, 2014
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A pro-marijuana group is seeking to have voters in Oklahoma City decide whether to reduce the penalties for possessing cannabis.

The group Reform OKC filed an initiative petition on Monday to decriminalize marijuana, allowing it to be treated more like a traffic ticket with a fine of up to $500.

Organizer Mark Faulk, a Democratic candidate for the state House, says the group has 90 days to gather signatures from 6,200 registered voters who live in Oklahoma City. That would be enough to put the measure on the ballot for the next citywide municipal election.

Faulk says the all-volunteer, grassroots effort gathered steam after a recent pro-marijuana rally at the Capitol that drew hundreds of people from across the state.

State Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City supports the effort.