Two political action committees, Mississippi Alliance for Cannabis and Team Legalize, have been working statewide to change the state’s pot laws by gathering signatures in support of Initiative 48. Initiatives 48 and 52 supporters were required each to garner the signatures of more than 107,000 registered voters’ on their petitions by Oct. 2, to get the measure on the 2016 ballot.
That deadline was not met. Mississippi was one of eight states with initiative efforts targeting the 2016 elections underway. Since 1972, 23 states and the District of Columbia have either directly voted or seen their legislative bodies adopt law legalizing the possession and use of medical marijuana.
And while not headed to the ballot in 2016, expect the pro-weed initiative efforts in Mississippi to continue in much the same way that it has in the rest of the country. Passing such legislation in this state, well, that’s another matter entirely.