Another year, another chance to help Mississippi patients
Last update: January 29, 2018
The legislature returned in January 2018 with several medical marijuana bills to consider, although they are likely to meet the same opposition of previous years. If lawmakers do not take action to enact a comprehensive, compassionate medical marijuana program, the issue may be decided at the ballot box.
Mississippi patients deserve the same access to these treatment options as patients living in the 29 states that have already enacted medical marijuana laws. Medical marijuana is a safe and effective treatment that has been used by seriously ill patients suffering from numerous conditions like cancer, ALS, and seizure disorders. For many patients, medical marijuana offers an alternative to their other medications with dangerous side effects, such as opiates.
Click here to ask your lawmakers to support compassionate medical marijuana legislation! Let them know patients shouldn’t be forced to choose between the law and their health.
Did you know Mississippi is a “decrim” state?
Mississippi is one of the 22 states that have decriminalized — or, in eight 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. Three bills have been filed this session that would do exactly that, SB 2379, HB 1444, and HB 1443. Ask your lawmakers to support this sensible reform!
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