Legalization of Cannabis and Industrial Hemp
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Subject Matter:
Legalization of Cannabis and Industrial Hemp  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
See attached Measure

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Constitution be amended to legalize and tax cannabis and industrial hemp?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative Measure No. 47 would legalize the use, cultivation, sale, and taxation of cannabis and industrial hemp. Cannabis related crimes would be punished in a manner similar to, or to a lesser degree than, alcohol related crimes. Cannabis and industrial hemp products would be taxed ten percent when sold. Medical cannabis would not be taxed.

Initiative Petition:

Kelly Jacobs
3985 Robertson Gin Road
Hernando, MS 38633


Town Meeting Location:

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. 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 106,190 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,238 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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