Medical marijuana officially qualifies for the November ballot!
Last update: January 13, 2020
After submitting well over the number of required voter signatures, Mississippians for Compassionate Care succeeded in qualifying a responsible and compassionate medical marijuana measure for the 2020 ballot.
The initiative would amend the state constitution and permit patients diagnosed with serious health conditions to possess and access medical marijuana with the approval of their doctors.
Polling suggests most voters support the proposal, but some prominent politicians are opposed. Top legislators have refused to pass a compassionate medical marijuana law. The state currently has a restrictive CBD-only program.
It’s time for patients suffering in Mississippi to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana. Click here to sign up for Mississippi-specific email updates from MPP.
Did you know Mississippi is a “decrim” state?
Mississippi is one of the 26 states that have decriminalized — or, in 11 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, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington have all done. Ask your lawmakers to support this sensible reform!
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