Medical Cannabis Ballot Initiative Approved for Mississippi

A cannabis advocacy group called Mississippians for Compassionate Care recently obtained enough signatures to place a medical cannabis initiative on the 2020 ballot.

According to the Clarion Ledger, the signatures are still pending official certification. However, the group was required to turn in 86,000 signatures, but they managed to get 214,000 signatures, with over 105,000 certified so far. This means the group have already surpassed their goal. “We delivered them to the secretary of state Wednesday,” said Jamie Grantham, spokeswoman for Mississippians for Compassionate Care. The signatures accepted so far have been certified by clerks, and now they must also be certified by the secretary of state’s office.

A spokeswoman from the secretary of state’s office stated, “The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed yesterday. At this time, we do not know whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled. We are in the process of reviewing and determining the number of signatures so as to file with the Legislature on the first day of the 2020 session in accordance with state law.”

The Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign hopes to pass an initiative that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for certain medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and others. The Mississippi State Department of Health would regulate the program and would provide treatment centers that would sell cannabis. “The polling is extremely positive,” Grantham said. “It polls above 77 percent with every age group, religious affiliation, political affiliation, and other groups. Also, to that point, we saw the overwhelming support from the number of signatures we received.”

Advocates from the Mississippians for Compassionate Care worked hard to collect these signatures, and they’ve also been working to change the conservative way cannabis is seen in there state. The University of Mississippi also just launched a CBD study, and many in the state think it is time to turn over draconian drug laws. If this ballot measures passes, Mississippi will join the ranks of states with medical cannabis programs.

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