Legalization of the use, taxation, cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and cannabis.
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Subject Matter:
Legalization of the use, taxation, cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and cannabis.  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
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Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to legalize the use, taxation, cultivation and sale of cannabis and industrial hemp.

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative Measure No. 63 proposes to legalize the use, taxation, cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and cannabis for adults 21 or older. Cannabis crimes would be punishable in a manner similar to alcohol related crimes. The initiative requires the Legislature to adopt an expungement process for qualified non-violent cannabis crimes and requires the Governor to pardon non-violent cannabis offenders upon request. The initiative delegates enforcement authority to the Chancery Courts.

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
David R. Singletary
Address:
554 North Church Street
Florence, Mississippi 39073


Status:
Active

Town Meeting Location:
N/A

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year beginning from the date the ballot title and ballot summary are finally established. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 86,183 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,237 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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