Some Mississippi Legislators Consider Legalized Marijuana

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

There's a bill in the legislature grabbing lots of attention as lawmakers will now have to decide whether to legalize marijuana in Mississippi, but in a very controlled way.

At least one member of the senate is hoping lawmakers will get on board with the idea of medical marijuana.

Currently the University of Mississippi legally grows marijuana for the federal government, and has been for at least a decade.

The drug is shipped to patients in other states where it's use is legal.

"It's something that seems very unfair that we in Mississippi provide this medicine for people in other states, and not in our very own," says democrat Deborah Dawkins of Pass Christian.

The bill is currently in a senate judiciary committee, and although Dawkins knows it will be tough to get passed, she says she'll keep trying.

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  • by james Location: meridian ms on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM
    i have been taking pain meds for 5 years since i broke my back.morphine, loratab, these meds have side effects .. i have lost teath , kidney damage, ect. mississippi state univ. has growen medical mari. for years.. they have fields of it...the side effect compairison ... i would rater eat mari. than something that distroys my guts....
  • by Fuzzy on Feb 21, 2012 at 01:52 AM
    Here's a funny little story.... Joe was was an above average teenager who always made good grades. He finished highschool with a 4.0 GPA. Because of his grades he could have a full ride scholarship at any school he desired. But there was one problem with joe... He had severe anxiety... His doctor prescribed several different medications.No of them seemed to work the way they should have. Then one day a friend suggested joe try a little pot to relieve his anxiety. It was as if everything he ever worried about was somehow easy to deal with. Joe considered it a miracle... That is... Until the day he got arrested... Pretty soon his school found out and revoked his scholarship... His parents thought he was a deviant... His reputation was ruined.From there things got worse joe ended up not being able to get a job because of his marijuana use... He spiraled down into a deep depression... So far down that even marijuana couldn't keep him going anymore...joe ended up in jail several more times before finally taking his own life. It's senseless to prosecute people who commit the victimless crime of smoking pot. Maybe one day things will change....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    the miss.legislation has about 40% preachers or deacons as members, the other 60% are over the age of 60. all votes are subject to public reveiw ,they will never pass this bill due to private belief or fear of voter reprecussion ,not because of any potential benefits or harm.
  • by Bam Location: Meridian on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    Why are all you people going off about legalizing Marijuana? You dont have a problem smoking cigarettes and drinking yourselves to death
  • by Bjorn Location: Kristiansand S on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    Legalize all drugs plants its a gift from Gud
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      by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM in reply to Bjorn
      Are you smoking it right now... I mean, it sounds like your brain is fried!
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        by LOL on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM in reply to
        That is too funny!!!Dude can't spell "GOD". Get off of it right now, your speech is slurrrreeedd.
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          by kentra on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM in reply to LOL
          man that mans just dumb not because of Marijuana because he didn't go to school or he didn't study i'm from ca one of the states that Legalized Marijuana and we live perfectly fine one of the best states in the u.s if u ask me see i'm perfectly fine and i use the supplement of Legalized Marijuana so i say yes on the bill
  • by CW on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    why are these people wasting their time? this is Miss. we will be the last state to do anything that benefits the citizens financialy or physically.this state will be last at everything as long it is ran by crooks and preachers like all bible belt states.
  • by yeps Location: somewhere on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
    It is nice to see that finally some of the old world logical fallacies are starting to die out. I don't smoke, but I would like to see this pass. The revenue possibilities could solve our state budget problems.
  • by Andrew Location: Meridian on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    Most folk I know that smoke the stuff don't even know what is going on around them.
  • by Andrew Location: Meridian on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    This is a very bad idea. Here is why: it lowers your inhibitions, causes cancer, causes emphysema, and the list goes on and on. There are too many people believing misinformation about cannibus. There are many substances doctors try to use to help people who are in chronic pain. This definitely should not be one of them. I've smoked it. I know the problems it can cause, including schizophrenia. Think this one through with a sober mind.
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      by Bio on Mar 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to Andrew thats rich....obviously you were not smoking green my dim witted little friend
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      by Russ on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:12 AM in reply to Andrew
      Wow, your ignorance dumbfounds me. Lowers your inhibitions? How about it increases creativity. It causes cancer! Are you serious? You obviously haven't done a lick of research on the subject your speaking about. IT HELPS PEOPLE WITH CANCER! Let me guess you say it doesn't right. Well how about you ask the people who actually had dieseases and say it does. It's clear that you have been misinformed and your a perfect example of why the bill won't pass. Folks with poor education that probably still believe the earth is flat. What amuses me the most is the fact you say doctors perscribe substances to help people with pain. (laughs) Oh the irony. These medications you refer to are a thousand times worse than marijuana. How many people have you know overdosed on marijauan? NOT ONE BECAUSE IT'S NEVER HAPPENED. I know three people personally how became addicted to oxycotton and overdosed on it. An before you say marijuana is addictive stop. I use to smoke every day and I had no problem dropping it cold turkey when I joined the Air Force to protect your right to be ingorant and make false statements like you have above. I won't go on anymore, but before you go running your mouth spreading lies do everyone a favor and do your research. Someone else did the same thing your doing and that's why I have to inform you the truth...
  • by christian Location: union on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM
    NO NO NO do not legalize marijuana. A gift from God is the use of the common sense He gives us not to do things that destroy the brain He gave us.
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      by Russ on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:17 AM in reply to christian
      Oh but its ok for you to smoke cigarettes around me and give me cancer through 2nd hand smoke right? It's also ok for me to drink myself to death right and act like a complete and uder fool right? Your probably one of the folks that wanted to do away with birth control in the state that has the highest teen pregancy rate in the country. ____ fools, why don't you confront a real problem like the obesity rate in our state. An just food for thought, not everyone believes in Christianity or your God. So please stop trying to force your ways and opinions apon us. Thanks :)
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