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Public Hearing For The Medical Marijuana Intiative To Be Held In Meridian

Meridian voters will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinions at one of five public hearings regarding the medical marijuana initiative in the state. The proposed measure would allow qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions, as certified by Mississippi licensed physicians, to use medical marijuana.

The public hearings for the medical marijuana initiative are being held by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, and the public hearing that is scheduled to take place in Meridian, will be on October 8 in the city hall auditorium.

The medical marijuana initiative, which is Initiative Measure Number 65, and Alternative Measure Number 65A will be on the 2020 General Election Ballot. These public hearings will allow voters to express their opinions on the initiatives, and give them the opportunity to hear from speakers, both for and against Initiative Measure Number 65 and Alternative Measure Number 65a. Voters who attend will also have the chance to learn more about how to properly cast their ballot regarding both initiatives, prior to election day.

The Initiative Measure Number 65 specifies 22 qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana use, but prohibits the medical marijuana patients from smoking it in public, and the Alternative Measure Number 65A does not specify qualifying conditions, possession limits, and tax rates on medical marijuana sales.

Two local residents shared that they believe the public hearings will be beneficial for voters to learn more about the initiative and its alternative, and for them to express their thoughts.

“It’d be beneficial for, you know, all of the residents of Mississippi to get the information on medical marijuana. So, you’d be better, having knowledge of it. So, you know if you want it or not, so I think they should take advantage of it,” said Christopher Artis.

“I think everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so I think it’s a good thing, that we’ll be able to see it from a public standpoint, of everybody having their own opinion about it,” said Ebone Newton.

All of the medical marijuana initiative public hearings will begin at 5:30pm, and will be conducted following the states guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Here's a list of the scheduled public hearings:

  • September 30: The Ford Center at Ole Miss (351 University Ave, Oxford, MS 38655)

  • October 1: Leflore County Civic Center (200 MS-7, Greenwood, MS 38930)

  • October 7: Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center (220 W Front St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401)

  • October 8: Meridian City Hall Auditorium (601 23rd Avenue, Meridian, Meridian, MS 39302)

  • October 13: MS Civil Rights Museum (222 North St, Jackson, MS 39201)

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