Medical Cannabis Initiative Will Appear on Mississippi’s 2020 Ballot


The opportunity to legalize medical cannabis in Mississippi will be presented to voters in November.

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted roughly 106,000 signatures in September to place an initiative on the ballot. Only 86,000 were required.

The secretary of state’s office certified the signatures as Ballot Initiative 65, according to a Clarion Ledger report, and the initiative was formally filed with the state legislature Jan. 7.

If passed, the ballot measure would allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for certain medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, the Clarion Ledger reported. The Mississippi Department of Health would be responsible for regulating and overseeing the program.