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Mississippi Voters May Get Chance to Decide Medical Marijuana Issue

Backers are beginning a signature collecting effort aimed at the legalization of medical marijuana through a 2020 ballot measure.

The group, Medical Marijuana 2020, says on its website it will spend the next year gathering more than 100,000 signatures to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the Mississippi ballot.

“That amendment, if approved by Mississippi voters, would allow physicians to certify medical marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions and then allow those patients to obtain medical marijuana in a legal and safe manner from treatment centers licensed and regulated by the Mississippi State Department of Health,” the group said on its website.

Under the proposed amendment, Mississippians could qualify for medical marijuana if they have cancer, epilepsy or other seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV, AIDS, chronic pain, ALS, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, sickle-cell anemia, autism with aggressive or self-injurious behavior, and spinal cord injuries, among others similar conditions.

Thirty-one states allow medical marijuana use.

Medical Marijuana 2020 is funded and operated by a group called Mississippians for Compassionate Care. Among the members of the group’s steering committee are several members of the state legislature, a prosecutor, and several professors, members of the clergy, and doctors, including the president of the state’s chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. 

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