Legalizaton of Cannabis
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Subject Matter:
Legalizaton of Cannabis  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
See attached measure

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to legalize and regulate cannabis and allow non-violent convicted felons to carry firearms?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative Measure No. 68 proposes to legalize the use, cultivation, sale and taxation of cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinol for adults 18 or older. The initiative requires the Legislature to provide for the expungement of non-violent cannabis crimes and the expungement of possession of a firearm by a felon with non-iolent charges. The initiative further provides that “non-violent felons shall be able to get their rights to bear arms immediately.”

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
Mr. Jason Stull
Address:
7607 Rockingham Drive
Southaven, Mississippi 38671


Status:
Expired

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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