Mississippi medical marijuana initiative closes in on enough signatures for 2020 ballot

June 13th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

Steven Senne, Associated Press

Michael Dundas, CEO of Sira Naturals, Inc., stands for a photograph among cannabis plants, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility, in Milford, Mass.

All that stands between Mississippians and the chance to vote on the legalization of medical marijuana next year is around 30,000 petition signatures.

The group behind the Medical Marijuana 2020 ballot initiative, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, has been gathering signatures since September of 2018. Organizers say more than 57,000 of the required 86,185 signatures have been certified by state circuit clerks, but the clock is ticking as their Sept. 6 deadline approaches. Currently, over 100 people are deployed across the state gathering signatures, organizers say.

The group faces an uphill battle because getting a measure on a ballot in Mississippi is no easy task. Only six have successfully gone to a vote and just two of those, eminent domain and voter ID requirements, were voted into state law.

Last week, around 32 people gathered in the lobby of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson for a public forum about the initiative. Jeff Jones, a native of Carthage and the clinical liaison for special projects at the Mississippi Department of Health, said he thinks this initiative’s focus on relieving suffering sets it part from previous efforts to legalize marijuana in the state.

“If we were trying to approve recreational marijuana, I’m not sure that would fly,” Jones said.

Jamie Grantham, the communications director

Article source: https://mississippitoday.org/2019/06/12/mississippi-medical-marijuana-initiative-closes-in-on-enough-signatures-for-2020-ballot/