JACKSON, Miss. — Whether or not Mississippi legalizes marijuana could be up to you, if a group supporting the idea is successful. Organizers of Mississippi for Cannabius, have filed a petition to place the proposal on the November 2016 general election ballot.
The ballot initiative, if enough voters agree to it, would legalize marijuana for adults, to use as often as they wish, much like cigarettes and alcohol. It would still be illegal for minors to have it. Under the plan, those who establish a cannabis or hemp farm of 10 or more cannabis plants would pay a fee to their city or county government. A 10 percent tax would go to schools.
The group filed its petition with the Secretary of State’s office this week. If that office and the Attorney General’s office both approve the petition, organizers would need to collect about 110,000 signatures in a year’s time to get the petition on the ballot. Then voters would have to approve for it to become law.