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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

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 501652

Reported Deaths: 10024
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34353540
DeSoto32162408
Hinds31977631
Jackson24508383
Rankin22015390
Lee15596235
Madison14597280
Jones13867243
Forrest13461252
Lauderdale11998317
Lowndes11065188
Lamar10522136
Pearl River9547237
Lafayette8557140
Hancock7740127
Washington7443160
Oktibbeha7147133
Monroe6787178
Warren6706176
Pontotoc6677104
Neshoba6642206
Panola6542131
Marshall6476135
Bolivar6323150
Union605794
Pike5824152
Alcorn5676102
Lincoln5439135
George497479
Scott473098
Tippah470381
Prentiss469182
Leflore4663144
Itawamba4640105
Adams4592119
Tate4592111
Copiah448792
Simpson4448116
Yazoo444887
Wayne440072
Covington429094
Sunflower4240105
Marion4232108
Coahoma4168107
Leake408688
Newton381779
Grenada3711108
Stone360664
Tishomingo360092
Attala331789
Jasper330165
Winston314691
Clay308977
Chickasaw301067
Clarke292594
Calhoun279447
Holmes267987
Smith264150
Yalobusha234547
Tallahatchie228251
Greene219449
Walthall218764
Lawrence213140
Perry205956
Amite205256
Webster203046
Noxubee186840
Montgomery179657
Jefferson Davis172243
Carroll169338
Tunica160039
Benton149239
Kemper141941
Choctaw133326
Claiborne132837
Humphreys129638
Franklin120328
Quitman106528
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson94734
Sharkey64220
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 820312

Reported Deaths: 15407
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Jefferson1148731924
Mobile726221339
Madison52362697
Shelby37640350
Baldwin37266552
Tuscaloosa35120612
Montgomery34123740
Lee23540246
Calhoun22236488
Morgan20958378
Etowah19838500
Marshall18381304
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Cullman15468293
Limestone15354199
Elmore15271286
Lauderdale14323295
Talladega13851283
DeKalb12664261
Walker11221370
Blount10207176
Autauga10048148
Jackson9877184
Coffee9211191
Dale8904185
Colbert8877201
Tallapoosa7093198
Escambia6778134
Covington6715183
Chilton6648162
Russell637559
Franklin5969105
Chambers5612142
Marion5010127
Dallas4979200
Pike4796106
Clarke475884
Geneva4575127
Winston4522103
Lawrence4327117
Bibb425386
Barbour357876
Marengo338390
Monroe331664
Randolph329864
Butler326796
Pickens316584
Henry312866
Hale311688
Cherokee302960
Fayette294180
Washington251651
Cleburne247760
Crenshaw245375
Clay243368
Macon234863
Lamar224847
Conecuh186353
Coosa180340
Lowndes175464
Wilcox168939
Bullock151744
Perry138940
Sumter133238
Greene126744
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