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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Organizers seeking a public vote on whether to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma say they expect to fall short of the number of signatures needed to get the issue on a statewide ballot.

Isaac Caviness with the group Green the Vote said Tuesday that the group had about 70,000 signatures, well short of the roughly 124,000 signatures of registered voters needed to qualify for a state question. Tuesday was the deadline to submit signatures following a three-month effort.

Caviness says the group planned to file its final batch of signatures at 4:20 p.m., a reference to the unofficial pro-pot holiday of 4/20.

While disappointed they weren't able to gather the required signatures, Caviness says several pro-marijuana groups coalesced and that he expects another signature-gathering campaign next year.

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