Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mississippi Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Going Up in Smoke

In a manner of speaking, anyway. The group is short about 100,00 signatures.

"There is no way we are going to be able to vote for this in 2016," said Kelly Jacobs, one of the lead organizers of Initiative 48, in a telephone interview with the JFP.The proposed rule changes include full legalization and taxation of marijuana for adults over age 21. Recreational users could have nine or fewer marijuana plants for their personal use. The state would classify anyone with more than nine plants as a cannabis farmer, required to pay an annual $25 fee to the local municipal or county.
Prospective dispensers would have to pay $1,000 for a special license.
Additionally, a state sales tax of 7 percent would be charged on all sales with the exception of medical marijuana and industrial hemp. To put the initiative before voters in 2016, organizers must collect 107,000 signatures from five districts across the state by October 2015.
By Jacobs' count, the initiative has just 10,000 certified signatures and needs more than 100,000 more.

Entire story at Jackson Free Press