In November, voters in Mississippi are set to vote on a medical marijuana bill that could see the industry grow business-wise to greater heights. However, it is not guaranteed that the initiative will pass.
Earlier this year, a California based polling firm conducted a survey, and the results were not promising for the initiative. According to this survey, the voters are open to a new initiative that is more liberal.
Most industry experts say the idea of the medical marijuana initiative in Mississippi may be adequate to influence neighboring states. One of these experts is Whitt Steineker, a co-chair of the Bradley law firm’s cannabis industry team located in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to Mississippi’s election laws, an initiative must be supported by at least 40% of the votes and must also get more votes than the opposing initiative. The voters are tasked to answer two questions; should Mississippi legalize medical marijuana? And if yes, which of the two initiatives should be passed to legalize it?
As per a survey conducted by FM3 Research, a political polling firm found in California, 81% of the Mississippi voters support an initiative that would allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis in treating severe ailments. 52% of the voters back the citizen-supported initiative. The survey was done in May, but its results were published on 2nd September.
If the citizen-supported initiative is passed, the state will be prohibited from setting medical marijuana product prices and limiting licenses. However, the legislators back a largely undefined and restrictive initiative that would allow the state to regulate licenses while also approving medical cannabis to be used by terminally ill patients only.
If the FM3 Research survey figures hold, the citizen-backed initiative will pass 42% of the total votes.