Mississippi To Have Medical Marijuana On Ballot For 2020

A group has officially turned in more than enough signatures to qualify

A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi has turned in more than enough signatures — pending state certification — to get the issue before voters next year.

“We delivered them to the secretary of state (Wednesday),” said Jamie Grantham, spokeswoman for Mississippians for Compassionate Care.

The group faced a Friday deadline to turn in more than 86,000 signatures from registered voters, divided between congressional districts. Grantham said the group submitted 105,686 signatures Wednesday. The group actually collected more than 214,000 signatures, but more than 105,000 were certified by local clerks.

The secretary of state’s office now must review and certify the signatures.

A spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office in a statement said, “The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed yesterday. At this time, we do not know whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled. We are in the process of reviewing and determining the number of signatures so as to file with the Legislature on the first day of of the 2020 session in accordance with (state law).”

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