Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill Preventing Probable Cause to Remove a Child from Home Based Solely on Parent’s Marijuana Use

Mississippi’s full Legislature has passed a bill that would prevent the establishment of probable cause to remove a child from a parent based solely on the parent’s marijuana use.

House Bill 652 was passed by the Senate with a 50 to 2 vote earlier this month, and a few days after was concurred by the House of Representatives with a 98 to 15 vote. The measure was signed today by leaders of the House and Senate, sending it to Phil Bryant for consideration.

According to the measure; “A finding of probable cause, as prescribed under this paragraph, shall not be based solely upon a positive drug test of a child’s parent for marijuana”.

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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.

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Mississippi Initiative Filed to Legalize Cannabis for Everyone 18+

missiAn initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 18 and older has been filed in Mississippi.

According to an official summary of the measure, Initiative Measure 52 “would amend the Mississippi Constitution to include the Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act (‘the Act’). The Act legalizes cannabis for persons eighteen years of age and older, legalizes cannabis for medical purposes, authorizes the collection of taxes on cannabis, and includes various other definitions and mechanisms for implementation of the Act. For purposes of this measure, ‘cannabis’ means hemp, weed, herd, marijuana, grass, wax, concentrate extract, and hashish.”

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Mississippi: Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Possession and Cultivation Filed

Mississippimississippi State Senator Deborah Dawkins has filed Senate Bill 2318, a proposal to legalize the possession and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.

Under the proposed law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to cultivate up to seven plants (four of which can be mature), and could possess up to 30 grams of cannabis per plant. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and any chronic disease, condition or treatment that produces cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms. The Department of Health would be authorized to add additional conditions without approval from state lawmakers.

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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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31 States Have Legalized Some Form of Cannabis

The wave of reform that’s swept across the U.S. this year has been swift, with lawmakers and citizens across the nation standing up for a changecannaamerica in the longstanding, propaganda-laden prohibition on cannabis. This year alone an initiative to legalize cannabis has qualified for the ballot in Alaska, signatures have been submitted for a similar initiative in Oregon and Washington D.C., and 8 states have passed laws legalizing some form of cannabis. Because of the latter, the number of states in the U.S. that have legalized at least some form of cannabis – whether it be full legalization or simply the allowance of the cannabis compound cannabidiol – has reached 31, or  62% of the entire country.

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Mississippi Medical Cannabis Law Now In Effect

Mississippi House Bill 1231, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposes, has officially taken effect as of July 1st.mississippi

Under the new law, which was sign by the state’s governor on April 21st, the possession and use of low-THC cannabis extracts – such as cannabis oil and tincture – is legal for those with epilepsy (or a related condition) who receive a recommendation from a physician. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is authorized to dispense the medicine.

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Medical Cannabis Measures Becomes Law in Mississippi

Mississippi House Bill 1231, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposesmississippisign, has been signed into law by the state’s governor.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1st (and is named after Harper Grace Durval, a 22-month-old girl who has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy), the possession of low-THC cannabis extracts such as cannabis oil and tincture will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. The University of Mississippi Medical Center would be authorized to dispense the medicine.

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6 States Plus D.C. Sign Cannabis Bills Into Law in Less than a Month

It’s been an incredibly busy, and productive year thus far for the cannabis reform movement, and the past month has been a shining example of this progress. Here’s a look at some of what’s been accomplished.  wacanna

On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for medical purposes. The measure takes effect on July 1st.

On March 31st, Washington D.C.’s mayor signed a measure into law which removes criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The new law reduces the penalty from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a $25 ticket.

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Half of the United States Has Now Passed Some Form of Medical Cannabis Legalization

In 2014 numerous states have joined the movement to legalize at least some form of medical cannabis.

In Utah, the governor recently signed a measure legalizing low-THC cannabis oil. In Kentuckymerry, the state’s legislature has voted unanimously to legalize cannabidiol (a compound found in cannabis); the measure is expected to be signed by the governor.

In Mississippi, the state’s House and Senate has voted to also legalize cannabis oil that’s low in THC for medical purposes. The measure awaits response from the governor.

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