The group Mississippi for Cannabis has received approval from the Secretary of State to begin collecting signatures on their initiative to legalize recreational cannabis. The group will be required to collect 21,233 signatures from registered voters in four different districts by October 2nd to put the initiative to a vote of the people in the 2016 general election.
If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession and private cultivation of cannabis for those 21 and older, without setting any limits on how much a person can possess or grow. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized.
If advocates fail to gather the required number of signatures by October, they’ll have a new deadline of December; if they meet this deadline, the proposal will be placed on the 2017 general election ballot.