If approved by Mississippi voters during the November 2016 Presidential election, Ballot Initiative 48 would legalize and tax cannabis in the State, and would pardon all offenders of non-violent cannabis related crimes.
However, for the initiative to appear on the ballot, supporters of the measure must obtain approximately 107,000 signatures from registered voters around the state. Petitions then must be certified by Circuit Court Clerks no later than July 2015 so that they can be submitted to the Secretary of State by the October 2nd, 2015 deadline.
The initiative is the work of author Kelly Jacobs, and the Mississippi Alliance for Cannabis. A group of Ole Miss students
in co-operation with Jacobs is currently helping with the effort by running a petition drive at a
table outside of the student union each Wednesday. John West has more on