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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Mississippi, Would Allow Unlimited Possession

mississippiAn initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been filed in Mississippi. To put Proposition 60 to a vote of the people, proponents must now collect roughly 86,000 signatures, with at least 17,237 from each of the state’s five congressional districts

If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of cannabis for those 21 and older, with no specific limit set. The personal cultivation of up to 24 cannabis plants would also be legalized (with any more requiring a growers license), as would state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. These outlets would be taxed 7% at the point-of-sale, though medical cannabis and hemp would be exempt from said tax.

Here is the measure’s ballot summary:

Initiative No. 60 proposes to legalize the use, taxation, cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and cannabis for persons 21 or older. Cannabis crimes would be punishable in a manner similar to alcohol related crimes. The initiative requires the Legislature to adopt an expungement process for non-violent cannabis crimes and requires the Governor to pardon non-violent cannabis offenders. The initiative delegates enforcement authority to the Chancery Courts.

The initiative’s full text can be found by clicking here.
 

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. Anonymous

    I’ve been smoking weed since 1994. I like it more and more every time. I like the good kind though. Don’t like dirty weed.

  2. Bojangles

    Bunch of dopers

  3. Angie Turnage

    I think it should be legalized

  4. Allison

    I don’t see them going straight to recreational, that just won’t happen in MS until we get the older regeneration using the medicinal and realizing how non-taboo this little plant actually is.

  5. MaryJane

    Where do i sign

  6. Sean emison

    Where do I sign

  7. Jesse Greer

    Keep us posted .im a disabled vet.i take as many as 6 opiets a dsy. If we could Legalize marijuana i could stop compleaty.with out withdrawls or having to go in rehab.and there are thousands if not a million like me.

  8. Dedra

    Where do i sign it at ? I signed it last time….

  9. Anonymous

    Instead of going to straight recreational go for medical at least for now and then go after recreational once medical is passed

  10. Robyn Blanpied

    End the war on Americans. Legalize.

  11. Kevin

    This is the same failed attempt from last year with only 1/10 of the signatures required. Very sad that it’s so bold it’s stupid.

    1. Tracy

      I agree. There should be a 2 ounce limit and 2-3 plants per adult per household. Take baby steps. It almost seems like it’s written so it won’t be passed.

    2. laurie

      The reason people aren’t signing who smoke don’t want to be jeopardized at work.People judge you for being a smoker…People don’t want to loose their jobs…..

  12. Malcolm Kyle

    “With over 5 million people on probation or parole in the United States, drug use on parole or probation has become the primary basis by which thousands of people are returned to prison. These technical violations of parole or probation account for as many as 40% of new prison admissions in some jurisdictions.” – page 6

    PROHIBITION IS A DIRECT THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY:

    “The war on drugs has also generated indirect costs that many researchers contend have undermined public safety. The federal government has prioritized spending and grants for drug task forces and widespread drug interdiction efforts that often target low-level drug dealing. These highly organized and coordinated efforts have been very labor intensive for local law enforcement agencies with some unanticipated consequences for investigation of other crimes. The focus on drugs is believed to have redirected law enforcement resources that have resulted in more drunk driving, and decreased investigation and enforcement of violent crime laws. In Illinois, a 47% increase in drug arrests corresponded with a 22% decrease in arrests for drunk driving. Florida researchers have similarly linked the focus on low level drug arrests with an increase in the serious crime index.”

    –Drug Policy, Criminal Justice and Mass Imprisonment, by Bryan Stevenson

    1. Anonymous

      Add that to the fact once you have that record you cant vote and that alone makes it hard to implemint much needed change.

  13. Timothy Locke

    You can not cut deals with the Enemy in the middle of a War and expect Compassion from the Enemy.
    Legislation is just Competition Control, and you are the Competition to be Controlled.

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