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Effort To Legalize Marijuana In Mississippi Is Underway

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Mississippi is not a friendly place when it comes to marijuana policy. Get caught with even a little bit of marijuana for a second offense, and you could be looking at 3 years in prison and a hefty fine. Selling a small amount results in a similar penalty. Distributing or cultivating within 1500 feet of a school or church doubles the penalties. Penalties get even harsher as the amount of marijuana involved increases. It’s because of those harsh penalties that marijuana legalization is so important in Mississippi.

Fortunately, there is an effort underway to legalize marijuana in Mississippi. Supporters are currently gathering signatures. Per Marijuana.Com:

The latest example of this activism can be seen in the deep south. Discontent with Mississippi’s currently harsh and outdated cannabis laws, activists in the state have begun traversing the state to gather signatures and fight for legalization.

Over 800 volunteers in the state have dispersed to hopefully obtain the needed 107,000 signatures that would place a referendum to legalize marijuana on Mississippi’s 2016 ballot. Titled Ballot Initiative 48, the initiative would legalize the “production, sale and use of recreational and medical marijuana and industrial hemp”  much like Colorado has done.

Recreational cannabis would be taxed at a 7 percent rate and all proceeds would go to Mississippi’s public school system. Moreover, marijuana use and possession would also become decriminalized, keeping the state’s smokers out of prison and the state’s cops from persecuting marijuana use.

It would be nice to see the volunteer effort gain enough traction to get the attention and backing of a national organization. 107,000 signatures won’t be enough, as valid signature rates can vary greatly. Still, it’s an effort very much pursuing, and I tip my hat to those fighting for reform in Mississippi. It will be an uphill battle no doubt, but it’s a battle fought in the name of justice.


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  1. Have you tried rallies, info speeches or small group meetings in small towns like Laurel and ellisville start with small towns gathering supporters then moving on to bigger ones

  2. Christopher barnett on

    Hello, my name is Chris Barnett and I live in Vicksburg, MS. I was in a motorcycle wreck 4 years ago and live with debilitating pain. I am disabled now and have a little extra time on my hands. This would not only help me, but many others. Please send me a copy of the forms to be signed and any information that would assist me in helping with the passing of Ballot initiative #48. If you are wondering the email address is my wifes due to my short term memory loss. Thank you for your help. Chris barnett.

  3. With being on disability with chronic pain 24/7 I’m tired of all pain pills that doesn’t work when can smoke for 2mo then quit smoking for month cuz pain management in lot less pain when can smoke Vs when can’t

  4. Texas is actually very likely to be one of the next five states to legalize cannabis, even for recreational use after age of 21. I have read a lot about Louisiana pushing the legalization efforts. anyone who supports alcohol, processed tobacco, or even drugs like Tylenol….but are afraid to allow people the freedom to light up a joint; are ass-backwards. It’s scientific fact that marijuana can help with most ailments, does less damage than the other three drugs I mentioned, even does less harm than caffeine and high fructose corn syrup! But too many sheep want to close their eyes and cover their ears like little kids saying “la la la la…” just to be stubborn and ignorant.

  5. legalized it! (mississippi) on

    I have a add and I smoked bule dream and it helped me focus really good. It also helps me sleep and relax and help my stress off exs and other things I believe medical use of this can help teens from suicidal thoughts and help them be happy but i believe it should only be recommended for depressed people cause most teenaged kill there shelf over it and it would make the world a better place helps my dad he would be better off smoking weed then drinking he drinks alot and that’s why my mom left him legalized weed and the world will be a better place its better then all those pills you take.

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