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Willy Jones, one of the area organizers for Oklahomans for Health, holds a sign in support of medical marijuana during a petition drive outside a vapor shop in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
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It looks much less likely a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma will appear on the ballot this fall.

Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma, speaks at the Reservation Economic Summit in Tulsa Tuesday.
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This week tribal and business leaders met just outside of Tulsa for the Reservation Economic Summit.

A bottle of Charlotte’s Web cannabidiol oil.
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Last year, Oklahoma lawmakers approved a medical treatment for severe childhood seizures that used part of the cannabis plant. Another piece of legislation that would widely expand the law is close to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk.

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Monday morning the U.S. Supreme Court denied Oklahoma and Nebraska’s request to sue Colorado over its legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Oklahoma and Nebraska each share a border with Colorado, and argued the Centennial State’s production and distribution of the drug causes problems in their states. Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, and the states started the legal process in 2014.

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Attorney General Scott Pruitt doesn't intend to let up on his request for permission from the U.S. Supreme Court to sue the state of Colorado over its marijuana laws.

The Obama administration has come out strongly against Pruitt's proposal, saying Oklahoma and Nebraska haven't been negatively affected by the Centennial State's marijuana regulations.

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

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Colorado's attorney general says the Nebraska and Oklahoma lawsuit that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says if the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the two states that border Colorado, the decision would take away the regulatory system that Colorado has built, while leaving the vote to legalize marijuana intact.

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Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah has no plans to join two other states in suing Colorado over that state's legalization of marijuana.

The Deseret News reports Herbert said Tuesday afternoon that despite no current plans to sue, Utah is keeping an eye on marijuana legalization in its neighbor state.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit last month asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

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Several Republican Oklahoma legislators are criticizing Attorney General Scott Pruitt for his decision to join Nebraska in a lawsuit against Colorado over that state's legalization of marijuana.

A group of seven GOP legislators wrote to Pruitt, also a Republican, voicing their concern over the lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Owasso Republican Rep. Mike Ritze says his concern is not about marijuana, but about the right of states to "govern themselves as they see fit."

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Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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