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Public hearings for medical marijuana initiative begin this week



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If you are unsure about how to vote on medical marijuana or just have unanswered questions, consider attending one of the public hearings on the issue beginning this week.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will host a series of public hearings regarding Initiative Measure No. 65 (medical marijuana) in each of the five old congressional districts, as required by state law. Initiative Measure No. 65 and the legislative alternative, Alternative Measure No. 65A, will be on the 2020 General Election ballot.

The public hearings allow voters to express their opinions and learn more about how to properly cast their ballot before Election Day. Voters will have the opportunity to hear from speakers both for and against Initiative Measure No. 65 and Alternative Measure No. 65A. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and all hearings will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. The hearing dates and locations are as follows:

Date Location Address
Sept. 30 The Ford Center at Ole Miss 351 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655
Oct. 1 Leflore County Civic Center 200 MS-7, Greenwood, MS 38930
Oct. 7 Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center 220 W. Front St., Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Oct. 8 Meridian City Hall Auditorium 601 23rd Avenue, Meridian, Meridian, MS 39302
Oct. 13 MS Civil Rights Museum 222 North St., Jackson, MS 39201

All public hearings will be conducted in accordance with all state guidelines regarding COVID-19.

View a brochure on the initiatives from the Secretary of State’s Office: Initiative Brochure 65 and 65A-2020

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