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Legalizing Weed: Five Quotes From Lawmakers After Pot Failed to Become Legal in Mississippi

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:26 AM

The state of Mississippi is home to a federal stockpile of marijuana that is used for testing. The federal government – in conjunction with the University of Mississippi – runs one of the only legal marijuana gardens under federal rules. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the state allows “processed cannabis, plant extract, oil, or resin” for treatment of “debilitating epileptic condition or related illness.”

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Some have pushed for the state to legalize weed for more medicinal or recreational uses, and those efforts have made it up to the highest levels of state government. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue have offered up quotes stating their stances, with these five being particularly noteworthy.

1. "It's something that seems very unfair that we in Mississippi provide this medicine, that's what it is, it's medicine, for people in other states and not in our very own.”

Sen. Deborah Dawkins (D-Pass Christian) told WMC Action News in 2012 that she wanted to push legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana in her state. She had failed in the past but said she was gaining momentum.

2. “Change is hard for people in Mississippi. Six or eight years ago, legislators were afraid to even say the word ‘marijuana.’ The idea is becoming more mainstream all over the country, and although we move slowly here, it is moving in that direction.”

Dawkins told this to the Daily Mississippian, the campus newspaper at the University of Mississippi, in 2014.

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3. “We have to counsel patients on the dangers of smoking and what it can do to them and basically what this could do to the long term expense of health care to the state.”

In an article in the Memphis University campus newspaper, Sen. Dr. David Parker was quoted as telling WBHQ-TV in October of 2014 that he did not support weed legalization in Mississippi for medical or recreational use.

4. “As the father of four, I would not do anything to hurt a child."

Rep. Andy Gibson (R-Braxton) told gulflive.com that he put a procedural block on House Bill 1231 because he felt that the side effects of marijuana oil for children were not known.

5. “I don’t want anybody to get sick and I don’t want anybody to lose a family member or a friend but if and when that happens, the road runs out for all of us, I want people to be able to have options to leave this world in a better place.”

Dawkins told WDBD TV in 2012 that she believes that medical marijuana can ease the suffering of those nearing death due to terminal illnesses.

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Some have pushed for the state of Mississippi to legalize weed for more medicinal or recreational uses, and those efforts have made it up to the highest levels of state government. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue have offered up quotes stating their stances.
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