The backers of a medical marijuana initiative on the November poll in Mississippi have obtained a cease-and-desist letter from President Trump’s reelection marketing campaign ordering the group to cease utilizing the president’s title in literature backing the measure. The letter was despatched to Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group backing Initiative 65, in response to a marketing campaign mailer despatched to Republican voters.
“Join President Trump and 3 out of 4 Mississippi Republicans who support medical marijuana,” learn a message on the surface envelope of the marketing campaign mail, based on a report from NBC News.
Inside the envelope, a letter mentioned that “President Trump Supports Medical Marijuana … and allowing states to decide on that issue.”
The mailing drew the eye of Michael Glassner, the Trump marketing campaign’s chief working officer, who despatched a cease-and-desist letter to Missippians for Compassionate Care on October 12. The letter was then launched to the press on Tuesday by opponents of Initiative 65.
“This unauthorized use of the President’s name in support of your group’s cause is unfair to Mississippi voters who may be led to vote ‘Yes’ on Initiative 65 on the false belief that President Trump supports the measure,” Glassner wrote. “Therefore, let us be clear about this: President Trump has never stated his support for passage of Initiative 65 or the legalization of medical marijuana in Mississippi.”
Two Initiatives Compete For Approval
Voters in Mississippi will see two completely different medical marijuana initiatives on the final election poll. In addition to Initiative 65, which was positioned on the poll by an initiative petition, voters will see Initiative 65A, a extra restrictive measure that was written by state lawmakers in response to 65.
Jamie Grantham, communications director for Mississippians for Compassionate Care, mentioned in an announcement Tuesday that Trump’s place on medical marijuana had been precisely portrayed within the mailing. She additionally mentioned that “politicians and bureaucrats” against Initiative 65 had “clearly orchestrated this letter from the Trump campaign.”
“It’s just the latest example of the lengths to which they will go to prevent any form of medical marijuana in Mississippi,” Grantham mentioned. “President Trump himself has said he supports medical marijuana and is letting the states decide.”
“It’s nothing President Trump has not said,” Grantham noted. “The quotes are verbatim what has come out of his mouth.”
But Jim Perry, a board member of the Mississippi Department of Health and a supporter of the competing Initiative 65A, mentioned that the president has not particularly weighed in on Mississippi’s medical marijuana measures.
“I am very doubtful that President Donald Trump has looked at all the details of Initiative 65, and for the campaign that’s pushing this to spend millions of dollars to insinuate otherwise is their effort to pull a fast one on the people of Mississippi,” Perry mentioned.
“President Trump also said publicly that he is against the idea of using ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana,” Perry added. “The Compassionate Care leaders didn’t mention that.”
Voting on the Mississippi medical marijuana initiatives can be a two-step course of for voters. First voters can be instructed to “Vote for approval of either, or against both.” The poll then requests voters to decide on both 65 or 65A. Voters who vote towards approval will nonetheless be permitted to pick between the 2 initiatives.