The number they need is 86,185. With 86,185 signatures medical marijuana can officially join the ballot to be voted on in 2020. Medical marijuana advocates are making the hard push in Mississippi to get the last remaining votes to put this issue on the ballot in time for the 2020 elections.
Advocates have been working for years to improve the quality of life for those suffering from medical conditions that can be treated using medical marijuana. They are one of the few states that are still holding out on allowing marijuana to be in the state for medical purposes.
The program that will be proposed once the number of signatures is reached to put this on the ballot will put marijuana into the hands of trained professionals. The goal is to start prescribing it for patients with debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s disease as well as for seizures.
The final goal is to get patients qualified through in-person exams with doctors trained to recognize conditions that can benefit from the use of medical marijuana and finally get them issued state cards to buy and use the product for medical purposes.
Supporters within the medical system plan to have an online database to help get patients registered and track their progress over the course of their treatment. For some patients, this can also mean dropping down to one medicine instead of several to treat their illnesses.
The guidelines for the use and marijuana dispensaries and marijuana delivery are already going to be highly controlled to help the people that need help and to prevent abuses. The people of Mississippi recognize the need that is there and is already taking steps to get their fellow citizens to help.