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Oklahoma Vice: 4/20 rally at state capitol canceled

A victory rally the group Oklahomans for Health had planned at the state capitol this Thursday has been canceled due to permitting issues and a dust-up with Sen. Connie Johnson.

April 20, or "4/20" is like Cinco de Mayo, the Fourth of July and Bastille Day all rolled into one for the pro-cannabis community. This year, Oklahoma cannabis proponents were gearing up for a big bash on Thursday in order to celebrate State Question 788, a ballot measure that will likely appear on the ballot in the 2018 gubernatorial election that would legalize medical marijuana. However, Sen. Connie Johnson also has planned an even for the same day, the "Rally for Justice."

Due to a mix up with a permitting, Johnson's Rally for Justice booked the Capitol steps for the entire day. She claims she tried to work toward a compromise with Oklahomans for Health, but the group was unwilling to work with her.

"The two events were and still are compatible. It's important to show unity," Johnson said in a Facebook post. 

 Oklahomans for Health hopes to reschedule its rally for later this month. 

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