By Johanna Herman
TULSA, Oklahoma: The proposed petition to bring the sale of wine to grocers has been cleared by the Oklahoma Supreme Court for circulation. In a decision split 5-4 in favor of allowing the petition, proponents now need to collect 155,216 valid signatures from registered voters to place the measure on the ballot. Though proponents note that they are not sure they can collect the needed signatures in time for the November 6 general election, they still planned to aim for that goal. If the required signatures are not gathered in time, the issue could still be placed on the November 2014 ballot. Opponents to the proposed measure include liquor store operators who are able to sell wine and those who do not want to see wine sold in more locations. The petition would allow for stores with an area larger than 25,000 square feet to be able to obtain a license to sell wine; but those retailers who already sell it say this would take away from their business and could lead to larger abuse in drinking. This petition though would still keep some restriction on wine sales, only counties with a population over 50,000 could seek a wine license and a countywide vote would still be needed before final approval.