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Legal Marijuana Referendum May Get Lost in the Smoke

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi House voted yesterday to put a second medical marijuana proposal on the statewide ballot this year, but people who petitioned to get the first one there say the second is designed to split the vote and kill both proposals. Over 200,000 people signed petitions to put Initiative 65 on the November ballot. It would amend the Mississippi Constitution to allow the prescription of up to 5 ounces of marijuana per month for a person with a debilitating medical condition. This week the House voted to put an alternative medical marijuana proposal on the same ballot. Representative Trey Lamar of Senatobia says the alternative would allow local zoning regulations to prevent pot shops from springing up on main streets and restrict the smoking of prescribed marijuana to people with terminal illnesses, although people who are ill but not dying could use oils or other forms of the drug. The alternative proposal would go on the ballot only if it is also approved by the state Senate.

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