Medical Marijuana in Mississippi Approved
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Medical Marijuana in Mississippi Approved
Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2020 at 06:01:25 PT
By Jimmie E. Gates 
Source: Clarion-Ledger
Mississippi -- Voters have overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in Mississippi. Voters approved the citizen-led Initiative 65 by a 74% majority that will allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for 22 debilitating conditions."It is great to see that the tides of change are continuing to flow across the country and now they have come to Mississippi," said Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project.
The grassroots Initiative 65 will require a medical marijuana program be in place by August 2021.MS election results 2020:President, senate, state flag, marijuana and other top races"We are prayerful and hopeful," said Jamie Grantham, communications director for Mississippians for Compassionate Care, which sponsored the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign.Opponents say medical marijuana shouldn't be part of the state constitution and believe the measure will lead to recreational marijuana use and an influx of pot shops. One of the most vocal opponent of Initiative 65 in recent weeks has been State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs."It will be in the constitution; we can't fix it," Dobbs said. "It will be out of our control to change." Dodds said he is concerned Initiative 65 could take his office away from dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Mississippi will join 34 other states with a medical marijuana program."This is just not the right way," Mississippi Board of Health member Jim Perry said of Initiative 65.Perry claimed Initiative 65 would lead to one of the most liberal medical marijuana programs in the country.An alternative called Initiative 65A would have left it up to the Legislature to come up with a medical marijuana program.Grantham said the Legislature has had numerous opportunities to pass medical marijuana in the state, but hasn't done so.The fight over Initiative 65 and Initiative 65A divided the community with citizens against citizens, doctors against doctors, lawmakers against lawmakers.More than 228,000 people statewide signed a petition between 2018 and Sept, 2019 leading to Initiative 65 being on the ballot. It will make medical marijuana available to Mississippians with conditions such as ALS, cancer, epilepsy, HIV, Parkinson's disease and sickle-cell anemia.The Mississippi Legislature added its own competing Initiative 65A to the ballot in March. Medical marijuana supporters claimed the legislative proposal was an effort to confuse voters in an effort to kill Initiative 65.The legislative alternative didn't provide a timetable or framework for a program, leaving it up to lawmakers to decide. It limited smoking of medical marijuana to terminally ill patients, but would have allowed other forms for non-terminally ill patients.Source: Clarion-Ledger, The (Jackson, MS)Author: Jimmie E. Gates Published: November 4, 2020Copyright: 2020 The Clarion-LedgerWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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