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Medical Marijuana in Mississippi - Alternative 65-A supporters make a public plea

In Oxford, law officers and medical professionals met to speak publicly about why they support Alternative 65-A over initiative 65. They said Initiative 65 would change Mississippi as we know it.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 7:51 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 8:12 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mississippi voters soon get to decide whether or not the state will have medical marijuana.

Those who approve its usage then get to decide between Initiative 65 or Alternative 65-A, two different plans for how its usage is governed.

At a meeting in Oxford on Tuesday, law enforcement officers and medical professionals asked Mississippians not to vote for Initiative 65, but instead to vote for Alternative 65-A.

Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen was one of the speakers at the meeting. He said Initiative 65 will change the state as we know it if voters vote it through.

"A person who is issued a medical marijuana card will be able to get 2.5 ounces every 2 weeks. That's 10 joints a day, that's 300 per month," McCuthchen said. "What happens to all those joints in excess? They're going to be sold, or they're gonna end up in the hands of kids."

He said the effect of this drug's availability on kids is a major concern, and a bona fide scare.

"Obviously we know that they are going to target young people, they're already doing that through the gummy industry," McCutchen said.

McCutchen said there are already problems with having prescription pills in homes and children getting their hands on them.

"We're gonna start a culture where kids are growing up with this in their homes," McCutchen added.

Speakers at the meeting said people should not vote for Initiative 65 because it is "going about using medical marijuana all wrong".

They argued that states such as California and Colorado have seen an increase in car wrecks from people driving while drugged with marijuana. They argued that this and other negative consequencs will happen if the voters vote through Initiative 65 in the upcoming election.

One speaker said Initiative 65 would be a nightmare for police.

Edward Hill is former president of the American Medical Association. He said Initiative 65 is wrong because it will change the state's constitution.

"Putting it in the Constitution is the biggest problem to me, because the Constitution can only be changed by another constitutional amendment," Hill said.

He believes Initiative 65 will make the marijuana cartel wealthier than it already is, and he said it will be unfair to citizens.

"Pushing an illegal, highly addictive drug on people," Hill added.

Chief McCutchen said shop locations will be another issue. He encouraged that if people want medical marijuana in Mississippi, they should vote for Alternative 65-A because he said it will allow state legislators to govern its usage and distribution.

"These shops they are wanting to set up, they will be able to set up wherever they want to set up," McCutchen said.

The general election on November 3rd will be when voters decide whether they want to vote for or against medical marijuana.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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