Woman fights to legalize marijuana in Mississippi

Woman fights to legalize marijuana in Mississippi
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

HERNANDO, MS (WMC) - A DeSoto County woman is hoping she can educate people on her efforts to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.

A Facebook page is just one of the ways Kelly Jacobs is spreading the word about her efforts to get pot on the presidential ballot in 2016.

Temperatures in the teens did not stop Jacobs from gathering signatures of support. She needs around 107,000 people to sign if she wants the option to legalize marijuana to appear on the ballot.

"You're just signing it to say, 'Hey, put it on the ballot so Mississippi can decide if they want to legalize it or not,'" she said.

For Lawrence Willis, the fight to legalize medical marijuana is personal. His niece has a medical problem that marijuana can relieve.

"They had to move to Colorado to just get the drug to make her not have seizures any longer," Willis said.

WMC Action News 5 first introduced you to Jacobs in October. Since then, more revisions have been made to the proposal, one of which would release marijuana offenders who are in jail.

Not everyone wants to sign. Steven Warren lives in Coldwater, MS. He doesn't like the idea of Mississippi toking.

"If it's for the medical research, that's one thing. But if it starts to be, I guess, used for other reasons and gets a hold of it for the wrong reasons, I guess than that wouldn't be as good for the state," Warren said.

Jacobs is inviting people in support and against the initiative to her first town hall meeting on Saturday. It will be held at 1 p.m. at the Gale Center in Hernando.

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