Mississippi voters may have the opportunity to decide next year whether or not patients in the state can seek medical cannabis.
The advocacy group Mississippians for Compassionate Care on Wednesday submitted a petition to the secretary of state’s office to place an initiative on the 2020 ballot to legalize medical marijuana.
The group submitted 105,686 signatures – well above the minimum of 86,185 signatures required by state law. The law also requires at least 17,237 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000.
According to the Clarion Ledger, the group actually collected more than 214,000 signatures, but 105,686 were certified by local clerks. The deadline to submit the signatures was Friday.
Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the initiative will qualify for next year’s ballot. The signatures will now undergo a review by the secretary of state’s office in order to determine its eligibility.
“The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed [Wednesday]. At this time, we do not know whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled,” a spokesperson for the secretary of state said in a statement. “We are in the process of reviewing and determining the number of signatures so