An 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.