Signature drive for 2020 medical marijuana ballot initiative heating up!
Last update: February 11, 2019
In September 2018, Mississippians for Compassionate Care filed an initiative with the secretary of state’s office that would make medical marijuana legal in Mississippi. The group is aiming to bring an amendment to the state constitution to voters in 2020. The first step to getting it on the ballot is to collect over 100,000 signatures from all over the state. So far, the group has collected over 45,000 signatures. You can read the proposed amendment here.
The signature collection is a huge undertaking, and the campaign needs lots of volunteers to circulate petitions in their area. If you are willing to help collect signatures, please email the signature collection coordinator, JB Brown.
For more information on the campaign or to get involved, please visit www.medicalmarijuana2020.com and follow them on Facebook! It’s time for patients suffering in Mississippi to have access to medical marijuana.
Did you know Mississippi is a “decrim” state?
Mississippi is one of the 23 states that have decriminalized — or, in 10 cases, legalized — personal use marijuana possession. First offense possession of 30 grams (a little more than an ounce) is punishable by a $250 fine instead of jail time and a civil summons as opposed to arrest, as long as the offender provides proof of identity and a written promise to appear in court.
Unfortunately, data indicates that Mississippi’s marijuana laws are not being evenly enforced. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in Mississippi are 3.9 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Please write your state legislators to ask them to end marijuana prohibition in Mississippi and replace it with a taxed and regulated system, as Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington have all done. Ask your lawmakers to support this sensible reform!
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