Mississippi May Have Medical Marijuana Question on November 2020 Ballot

Mississippi voters may see an initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot in November 2020, pending a review of petition signatures that could qualify the measure for the general election. Recently, a group supporting the initiative constitutional amendment, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, delivered petitions with more than 105,000 signatures from voters to the office of the secretary of state. More than 86,000 signatures of registered voters will have to be certified for the initiative to appear on the ballot.

“The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed yesterday,” a spokeswoman from the secretary of state’s office said in a statement in September. “At this time, we do not know whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled. We are in the process of reviewing and determining the number of signatures so as to file with the Legislature on the first day of the 2020 session in accordance with (state law).”

If the measure passes, doctors in Mississippi would be permitted to recommend medical marijuana for patients with one or more serious medical conditions including, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and others. The amendment would also task the Mississippi Department of Health with implementing rules to implement the

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