Mississippi voters may perhaps have the chance to make a decision subsequent year regardless of whether or not sufferers in the state can seek health-related cannabis.

The advocacy group Mississippians for Compassionate Care on Wednesday submitted a petition to the secretary of state’s workplace to spot an initiative on the 2020 ballot to legalize health-related marijuana.

The group submitted 105,686 signatures – nicely above the minimum of 86,185 signatures needed by state law. The law also demands at least 17,237 certified signatures from each and every of the 5 congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000.

According to the Clarion Ledger, the group in fact collected much more than 214,000 signatures, but 105,686 have been certified by nearby clerks. The deadline to submit the signatures was Friday.

Nonetheless, that does not necessarily imply that the initiative will qualify for subsequent year’s ballot. The signatures will now undergo a critique by the secretary of state’s workplace in order to decide its eligibility.

“The health-related marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed [Wednesday]. At this time, we do not know regardless of whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled,” a spokesperson for the secretary of state mentioned in a statement. “We are in the method of reviewing and figuring out the quantity of signatures so as to file with the Legislature on the initial day of the 2020 session in accordance with [state law].”

Really should the initiative make it to the ballot, Mississippi could join the much more than 30 other states that have legalized health-related marijuana. If the initiative is authorized by voters, physicians in the state could get started prescribing cannabis to sufferers suffering from a host of debilitating health-related situations: cancer, epilepsy and other seizures, Parkinson’s illness, Huntington’s illness, various sclerosis, post-traumatic pressure disorder, HIV, AIDS, chronic discomfort, ALS, glaucoma, Crohn’s illness, sickle-cell anemia, autism with aggressive or self-injurious behavior, and spinal cord injuries, amongst other people. These sufferers would then acquire an identification card from the Mississippi Division of Overall health.

Actvists in Mississippi spearheaded the petition drive in the fall of 2018 by February of this year, they had much more than 45,000 signatures. 1 of the top advocates for the work has been Shea Dobson, the Republican mayor of Ocean Springs, Mississippi who is also on the steering committee for Mississippians for Compassionate Care.

“To me it is just an chance to give individuals much more choices to make the greatest selection for their lives,” Dobson mentioned earlier this year, as quoted by nearby news network WLBT. ““I think in acquiring government out of healthcare and letting individuals make their personal choices on how they medicate themselves.”