This November, Mississippi residents may be able to vote on the legalization of medical marijuana.
The petition was submitted to the secretary of state’s office on Sept. 4 by the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign. The campaign is sponsored by the Mississippians for Compassionate Care political group, which centers around chronic medical conditions in the state.
According to the Millsaps College/Chism Strategies January survey, 67% of the Mississippi public favors the initiative, including Tony Barragan, the owner of Oxford’s Hemp Ville CBD store.
“It’s inevitable,” said Barragan. “You know, people want this bill passed because there’s a need for medical marijuana. Whether it be for pain, anxiety, depression, relaxation, seizures, you know, whatever the ailment may be.”
Jamie Grantham, Medical Marijuana 2020’s communications director, said, “I personally am very passionate about anything that helps people have a better quality of life, whether it be emotional, or mental, or spiritual or physical healing, anything at all.”
The National Institute of Health acknowledges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved THC-based medications for patients with severe conditions such as cancer, epilepsy and AIDS, but states that further research needs to be conducted, particularly on the long-term effects for users. [Read more at The Daily Mississippian]