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Signatures are being collected in hopes of legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

At a kickoff petition drive Wednesday, supporters called on lawmakers to join their cause to allow voters to decide the issue.

Dozens of people gathered on the south steps of a quiet Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon. A few people arrived as early 10:30 a.m. Many of those in attendance made the trip to Oklahoma City from the Tulsa area.

Disabled veteran Eldon Lunsford of Nowata recently returned home from Denver’s 420 Rally. Lunsford told News 9 he can’t wait to return to his “mile high.”

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A coalition of business and labor groups said Thursday there will be dire consequences for state employees and services if a ballot initiative to dramatically increase spending on public education passes this fall. Members of the One Oklahoma Coalition, comprised of chambers of commerce, the state workers union and other groups, said they support public education. But they said the initiative petition, State Question 744, would force lawmakers to spend more on public schools while cutting funding for other state agencies.