Mississippians Push to Legalize Cannabis and Demand Forgiveness

By Kelly Jacobs, Team Legalize

The Mississippimississippi Secretary of State just approved ballot initiative #48 on 12/29/14 which gave Mississippians one year to collect approximately 110K signatures on our petitions from registered voters who want to vote to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol and pardon non-violent cannabis offenders.

The Mississippi Attorney General wrote this description for the ballot summary: Initiative Measure No. 48 would legalize the use, cultivation, sale of cannabis and industrial hemp. Cannabis related crimes would be punished in a manner similar to, or to a lesser degree, than alcohol related crimes. Cannabis sales would be taxed 7%. Cannabis sold for medical purposes and industrial hemp would be exempt from taxation. The Governor would be required to pardon persons convicted of non violent cannabis crimes against the State of Mississippi.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Receives Approval from Mississippi Secretary of State

The group Mississippi mississippifor 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.

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Mississippi

The group Mississippi for Cannabis has filed an initiative with the Mississippimississippi 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.

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