Oxford community weighs costs and benefits of medical marijuana in the statePosted by On

At the polls on Nov. 3, Mississippians will decide whether Mississippi will become the 35th state to legalize medical marijuana. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson hosted the first of five public hearings regarding Initiative 65 and Initiative 65A at the Ford Center at UM. 

Watson said he hopes these hearings will educate voters and resolve any confusion regarding the two choices.

Cody Weaver, a disabled Navy veteran, spoke in support of Initiative 65, which includes a proposed program start date, list of qualifying medical conditions, legal protection for patients and doctors and regulation. Initiative 65A includes none of those specifications. 

Weaver said he thinks that after more than 228,000 Mississippians signed the petition to qualify Initiative 65, the state legislature decided to put Initiative 65A on the ballot in an attempt to confuse voters.

“The Mississippi legislator never actually passed a true competing…

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