Mississippi voters approve grassroots medical marijuana program

Back in July, Jamie Grantham of Medical Marijuana 2020 (MM2020), the group behind Initiative 65, said in an interview that “more than 80 percent of Mississippians” were in favor of the grassroots medical marijuana campaign.

While Tuesday’s number never surpassed 80%, Grantham wasn’t too far off as nearly 74% of Mississippians voted in favor of the initiative, which originally gained around 228,000 signatures in order to find itself on the ballot, over Alternative 65A—the alternative unpunctually created by the Mississippi State Legislature in opposition to 65.

Prior to choosing their preferred measure, voters were simply asked if they agree with the idea of medical marijuana in general, a question that 68.4 % of Mississippians voted in favor of.

Due to it being a people’s initiative, Initiative 65 will amend the state’s constitution, ultimately prohibiting the legislature from altering the self-funding program, which will be administered by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

To find out more about the program that is slated to begin in August of 2021, click here.