Market Date:26 October, 2020

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Initiative Licensed for 2020 Poll

A proposed measure legalizing medical hashish entry in Mississippi has certified for the 2020 poll.

Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Workplace notified lawmakers on Tuesday that petitioners, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, had gathered a enough variety of signatures to position Measure 65 earlier than voters this November.

The proposed constitutional modification establishes a state-licensed system of dispensaries to offer hashish merchandise to qualifying sufferers. The measure locations no restrict on the variety of dispensaries and mandates that native municipalities “shall not impair the availability of and reasonable access to medical marijuana.” The proposal additional mandates that state officers start offering licenses for retailers no later than August 15, 2021.

In keeping with the Ballotpedia web site, Mississippi lawmakers have the chance to both undertake of reject the measure previous to the November vote. The legislature can also select “to approve an amended alternate version of the measure. In this case, both measures would appear on the ballot together.”

Earlier in the present day, the Mississippi State Board of Well being in the present day handed a decision “strongly” opposing the initiative, opining, “Marijuana consumption has quite a few identified harms and is opposite to the mission of
public well being.”

Underneath state legislation, the possession of over 30 grams of hashish is outlined as a felony offense, punishable by as much as three years in jail. The proposed initiative permits qualifying sufferers to own as much as 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of hashish per 14-day interval.

In 2014, state lawmakers handed laws allowing these identified with intractable epilepsy to own sure merchandise containing CBD. However the legislation offers no authorized provide supply for such merchandise.

Voters in at the least two extra states, New Jersey and South Dakota, may also be deciding on marijuana-specific initiatives this November.

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