(Last update: January 13, 2020)
Medical Marijuana: No
Recreational Marijuana: No
In-Home Cultivation: -
Medical marijuana officially qualifies for the November ballot!
After submitting well over the number of required voter signatures, Mississippians for Compassionate Care succeeded in qualifying a responsible and compassionate medical marijuana measure for the 2020 ballot.
The initiative would amend the state constitution and permit patients diagnosed with serious health conditions to possess and access medical marijuana with the approval of their doctors.
Polling suggests most voters support the proposal, but some prominent politicians are opposed. Top legislators have refused to pass a compassionate medical marijuana law. The state currently has a restrictive CBD-only program.
Did you know Mississippi is a “decrim” state?
Mississippi is one of the 26 states that have decriminalized — or, in 11 cases, legalized — personal-use marijuana possession. First offense possession of 30 grams (a little more than an ounce) is punishable by a $250 fine instead of jail time and a civil summons as opposed to arrest, as long as the offender provides proof of identity and a written promise to appear in court.
Unfortunately, data indicates that Mississippi’s marijuana laws are not being evenly enforced. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in Mississippi are 3.9 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.