Did you know that the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in Mississippi approached the state legislature this year?
As an experienced drug possession defense attorney in Southaven, Mississippi, I consistently keep tabs on activity concerning marijuana legalization in the state.
For the fifth straight year, Sen. Deborah Dawkins introduced the medical marijuana legislation to the Mississippi State Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted down the bill—SB 2369— without granting it a hearing.
Mississippi is one of fifteen states in the U.S. that has decriminalized personal use marijuana possession. For a first offense possession of thirty grams (a little more than an ounce), punishment includes a $250 fine instead of jail time, as well as a civil summons instead of an arrest (as long as the charged person provides proof of identity and a written promise to appear in court).
For those of you in the Memphis metro area, however, Tennessee has not decriminalized personal use marijuana possession.
Washington and Colorado remain the two states in the U.S. that have legalized marijuana completely. Oregon, California, Nevada, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island join Mississippi as states that have decriminalized cannabis possession laws.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession in Mississippi or have questions about the ramifications of drug possession law in the state, contact an experienced Mississippi drug possession defense attorney today for the guidance you need.
Possession of marijuana in Mississippi is still a serious offense, especially if you are found to have more than thirty grams or if you have had multiple offenses. You need to seek legal guidance immediately if you are in such a situation.