Medical marijuana legal in Mississippi? Voters to decide in November.

Marijuana used for medical purposes may soon be allowed in Mississippi. On Wednesday, advocates explained a plan called Initiative 65, one of two proposed amendments for incorporating medical marijuana usage in Mississippi.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 8:52 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 10:07 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- People may soon be able to obtain and use medical marijuana in Mississippi. 

On Wednesday, advocates for its use in the state explained in a press briefing a plan called Initiative 65, one of the two proposed amendments for incorporating medical marijuana usage in Mississippi.

The general election on November 3 will allow voters to say if they want medical marijuana legalized in the state. If they vote for it, they will then choose which one of the two proposed amendments they want to govern its usage. 

Medical Marijuana 2020 is a ballot initiative that hopes to make medical marijuana available for patients.

The organization is operated and funded by Mississippians for Compassionate Care, a group of Mississippians with a firm belief in marijuana’s medical usage to alleviate pain for people with debilitating and chronic medical conditions.

Speakers on Thursday explained some of the differences between the two proposed amendments. The other is called Alternative 65-A.

Jamie Grantham is Communications Director for Medical Marijuana 2020. She explained this initiative’s goal is to allow marijuana to be used to ease the suffering of seriously ill patients.

“There are patients here who are suffering.” Grantham said. “I have heard countless stories of patients who are desperate for another option because traditional pharmaceutical medications are not working.”

Doctor Matthew B. Wesson M.D. is an ophthalmologist, a doctor who works with people’s eyes. He said politicians have not allowed for medical marijuana in the state. He claimed a majority of the state supports it, and that's why it will be on the ballots on November 3rd.

“This is not for someone who has a headache or a sore shoulder, Wesson said. “They’re not gonna be able to get it. By the time you need medical marijuana, you’re sick.”

He said there are 22 medical conditions under Initiative 65 that will make someone a candidate for medical marijuana. Some include cancer, PTSD, and sickle-cell anemia.

Speakers at the event support Initiative 65 over Alternative 65-A, which is a plan Wesson said state politicians put together for allowing marijuana in Mississippi. Wesson also said that 34 other states currently allow for medical marijuana usage.

“We’re not talking about California and Colorado where it’s recreationally legalized,” Navy Veteran and briefing speaker Cody Weaver said.

Weaver said his reasons for supporting medical marijuana are personal.

“18-22 veterans committing suicide a day for PTSD-related emotional problems and illness is unacceptable,” Weaver said.

According to Grantham, it’s time for voters to make this change.

“It’s not a cure-all for everyone, but for so many people in thirty-four other states, it is changing lives, and Mississippians deserve to have that same access,” Grantham said.

Speakers at the briefing said people can visit Medical Marijuana 2020'S website for success stories, information on Initiative 65, ways to get involved, and other resources. You can find the link here.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Cases: 845108

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1161242006
Mobile741961379
Madison53291732
Shelby38328368
Baldwin38074589
Tuscaloosa36017641
Montgomery34483781
Lee25557263
Calhoun22585518
Morgan22454406
Etowah20016517
Marshall18781316
Houston17729425
St. Clair16880358
Limestone16138218
Cullman16050303
Elmore15904294
Lauderdale14984306
Talladega14191299
DeKalb12971269
Walker12029380
Blount10715192
Autauga10517157
Jackson10161194
Coffee9415192
Colbert9341208
Dale9018191
Tallapoosa7255201
Russell707865
Chilton7018170
Escambia6955143
Covington6933195
Franklin6342108
Chambers5784142
Marion5403130
Dallas5285209
Pike5118109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4780110
Geneva4642136
Bibb434094
Barbour369480
Butler3434100
Marengo342393
Monroe337066
Randolph334367
Pickens333188
Fayette330085
Henry320666
Hale318389
Cherokee317763
Crenshaw260477
Washington257052
Cleburne254460
Lamar251453
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192862
Coosa185047
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152645
Perry141840
Sumter139241
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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