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Mississippi Welcomes Medical Cannabis
On Wednesday, February 2nd, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeve signed legislation making medical cannabis legal immediately in the state, NPR reports. The move makes Mississippi the 37th state in the U.S. to do so. It also comes after the state voters approved a law to legalize medical cannabis, which the Mississippi Supreme Court later shot down, CBS News explains. The legislation now allows people with certain “debilitating medical conditions” to use medical cannabis, the publication adds. These include cancer and AIDS. Additionally, patients or caregivers can purchase up to 3 ounces per month after obtaining an ID card.
Ballot Initiative in Michigan Aims to Decriminalize Psychedelics
Activists in Michigan introduced a ballot initiative to decriminalize psychedelics throughout the state for adults 18+, reports Michigan Live. The proposal aims to allow people to legally possess, grow and use entheogenic substances, which include “psilocybin, psilocyn, mescaline, ibogaine, peyote or dimethyltryptamine [DMT],” states The Detroit News. This comes just months after Detroit voters approved a bill to decriminalize these substances at the local level. But before the statewide initiative makes it onto the ballot, officials need to approve it.
GOP Leader Pushes Support for Legal Weed
This week, Republication Rep. Nancy Mace reaffirmed her support for legal weed in America. In an interview with Yahoo! News, Mace explained that she first began using cannabis after she was raped in high school. “Now she is using her newfound national clout to help legalize the drug that helped her through the trauma of sexual assault with legislation that decriminalizes and taxes it […],” the new source reports. Last year, Mace introduced the States Reform Act, which would effectively decriminalize and tax cannabis federally. It has since garnered support from fellow members of Congress, and even Amazon. While it awaits a vote from lawmakers, Mace is optimistic about America’s future cannabis industry. She further tells Yahoo! that “we have the best cannabis of the world.”