Thirty-three states have legalized Medical Marijuana in one fashion or another. Mississippi is on it's way to becoming the 34th state to do so.
Jamie Grantham, spokeswoman for the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign for Miss., explained that they need 86,185 signatures by September 6 to have medical marijuana legalization added to the November 2020 ballot. The ballot initiative has already gathered and certified 2/3rds of the necessary signatures, only needing 28,700 more, according to The Dispatch.
Mississippi has partially decriminalized marijuana, however, medical and recreational use of marijuana is illegal.
If the initiative is passed, the program would allow licensed physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for many aliments including but not limited to cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, according to Mississippi Clarion Ledger.
Patients would be able to purchase up to 5 ounces a month or no more than 2 1/2 oz every 2 weeks explained Grantham. All purchases will be tracked through state-issued medical marijuana ids, unlike some states, where there is no communication between dispensaries or purchase tracking. The Department of Health would regulate all parts of the program from product distribution to substance testing.
Patients must treat their medical marijuana as any patient must treat their prescribed medications. It will remain illegal to drive impaired, abuse or share medical marijuana.
Grantham's goal is to get all the necessary signatures by the end of the month. This will allow ample time for the circuit clerks to certify an adequate number of signatures before the deadline.
The campaign will continue collecting signatures, striving to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi for the November 2020 ballot.