Sheriff hopes Miss. medical marijuana initiatives go up in smoke

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — When Mississippians go to the polls Tuesday they’ll have the chance to decide whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

If they want to legalize it, they will have a pair of options for how the state will handle it.

Wednesday, DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco joined a group standing against the measures.

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Sheriff Rasco said in a press conference that he is opposed to both plans on the ballot that would govern and define Initiative 65 and 65A.

“I have talked to a lot of sheriffs in all of our 82 counties and I don’t know of anyone who was called on any input into this law,” the sheriff said.

Sheriff Rasco shared his concern over marijuana use in general and what passing either Initiative 65, a citizen created plan to regulate and tax medical marijuana or 65A which would allow the legislature to come up with rules for it. He said he worries about what it could lead to and how close the medical marijuana facilities could be to churches and schools.

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“Because I know what marijuana leads to and it is a continued source up to a higher drug that is killing people, Rascoe said.

Chief Deputy Justin Smith shared extreme concern over the amount of marijuana people would be able to get under Initiative 65 specifically.

Holding up a 2.5-ounce bag and saying it would be a two week supply, a 5-ounce bag that would cover two weeks, and a bag of marijuana almost as tall as he was saying it would be a year’s supply.

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Smith questioned why anyone would need that much marijuana.

FOX13 reached out to Medical Marijuana 2020, the organization driving Inititiative 65. A spokesperson said law enforcement concerns over medical marijuana in Mississippi are unwarranted and that their beliefs are based on recreational use, not medical use.

Many have said the way the ballot question is set up is a bit confusing, In fact, it has a couple of things to vote on.

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