The group Mississippi for Cannabis has filed an initiative with the Mississippi Secretary of State in hopes of putting the legalization of cannabis to a vote of the people in the 2016 presidential election.
“Now we are waiting for official approval from the Mississippi Secretary of State, and the Attorney General which will include a ballot initiative number and the official format for the collection of signatures,” says Kelly Jacobs with Mississippi for Cannabis.
If the Secretary of State’s Office and Attorney General’s Office does approve the petition, the group will have a year to collect approximately 110,000 signatures from registered Mississippi voters in order to put the initiative to a vote in November, 2016.
According to Jacobs, 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.
“We want to legalize marijuana and decriminalize it,” says Jacobs. “It’s an adult discussion we should be having.”