If you live in Mississippi, you must act now!
Call your local Reps, State Senators, and the Mississippi Governor and let your voice be heard before it’s too late.
Call and Email by 10 AM, Thursday, February 11, 2021.
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Here are our thoughts on what's happening now...
This bill benefits large out of state businesses, not native small businesses in the state of Mississippi. They are wanting to share the stake and partner with Arkansas and that means the money will not stay in Mississippi.
The original 500 feet setback from public or private schools, churches, and daycares will be changed to 2,000 and will make it very difficult to find real estate in many smaller Mississippi towns.
This Bill states that there may be only one dispensary per county which is unrealistic.
There is an extremely high and non-refundable application fee of ($100,000.00) for cultivation-processing facilities.
The taxes would be 10% instead of the original 7% which is unconstitutional under Initiative 65.
This bill mentions pharmacies in addition to dispensaries a lot, but the federal law prohibits pharmacies from dispensing medical marijuana so not sure how they are thinking they will coincide.
The referral system makes no sense.
Limiting which dispensaries a patient can go to is ridiculous. If the state sets up an effective tracking system it shouldn’t be an issue.
The bill is a direct attack on free enterprise ( free market). It is making it impossible for small businesses and entrepreneurs to participate and succeed. This bill clearly favors a certain tax bracket and intends to keep the money there.
The 15 board committee is an issue too. It should be on a vote in system. We need to prevent collusion and this is not the way to do it.
This system is not made to help the people. In my opinion it is a shined up version of 65A. 74% of the people of Mississippi chose Initiative 65 over 65A for a reason. It’s like the government refuses to lose, but again the people chose I65.
Additional Resources we found helpful...
Mississippi’s medical marijuana mess. by Geoff Pender February 10, 2021
Senate offers Medical Cannabis Act in an attempt to overshadow Initiative 65 program: by Sarah Ulmer -January 27, 2021
Mississippi Supreme Court to hear case regarding Initiative 65 objection. Posted: Jan 29, 2021 / 03:05 PM CST / Updated: Jan 29, 2021 / 05:17 PM CST