A group in Mississippi, one of the country’s most conservative states, is aiming to put what looks to be a business-friendly medical marijuana initiative on the ballot in 2020.
Medical Marijuana 2020 plans to start collecting signatures next week, according to state Rep. Joel Bomgar, a Republican who is on the group’s steering committee.
The constitutional amendment calls for an open market, and key elements of the proposed Mississippi ballot initiative include:
- There are no caps on the number of licenses for dispensaries, which are referred to as medical marijuana treatment centers, or processors.
- Individuals and businesses could apply for different combinations of licenses, according to Bomgar.
- People with more than a dozen debilitating medical conditions would qualify for MMJ in the state, including chronic pain, opioid addiction, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer.
- The state would be