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Marijuana bill fails in Senate ahead of vote

OKLAHOMA CITY  A bill that would legalize and regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma has failed to pass in the Senate amid concerns over anticipating a vote by residents.

Oklahoma voters will go to the polls June 26 to determine if a state question to legalize medical marijuana should pass. Democratic state Senate Minority Leader John Sparks said it's bad policy to pre-empt the public's vote on a state question. He said it could create confusion if both the bill and the state question passed.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ervin Yen, has put his measure on a procedural motion to reconsider the vote. Yen said the ballot question as written would legalize recreational marijuana, whereas his measure would legalize and also regulate medical marijuana.

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