Jackson County residents line up and sign up to legalize marijuana

Jackson County residents line up and sign up to legalize marijuana

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Alliance for Cannabis is on the hunt for signatures.

The organization had a signing event in Ocean Springs Thursday night for people in support of Proposition 48, which supports the use, cultivation and sale of cannabis and industrial hemp. The signing also had volunteers present to answer questions about the ballot initiative and the signature collection process.

According to the website www.yesonpropostition48.org, 107,216 signatures are required to put the initiative on the ballot in 2016. In district 5, which includes all six South Mississippi counties, 231,444 signatures are needed. The deadline is October 2, 2015.

Several of the supporters were 60 and older.

"At 65 years old, I should be able to choose if I would like to use marijuana or not," said initiative supporter Tom Shuler.

"I'm tired of young kids getting in trouble with a little marijuana, going to prison, coming out as convicted felons and labeled as convicted felons for the rest of their lives," said supporter Robert "Bones" Barq.

The next signing event will be at the Harrison County Board of Supervisors building Friday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two public events will be Saturday at the Waveland Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Kiln Public Library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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