Mississippi does not generally have a reputation as a politically or socially progressive state, but it is one of the states that has decriminalized carrying small amounts of marijuana. This may come as a surprise to many people who view the war on drugs as racially motivated, especially considering Mississippi's complex history of racial injustice.
Several states have led the charge to legalize the recreational use of marijuana over the last several years, but that legal freedom has yet to come to Mississippi. While we do enjoy statewide decriminalization of marijuana, possessing, growing, shipping, and consuming it are still illegal.
It's a stark contrast: the leniency of marijuana laws in some states and the crackdown happening in Mississippi.
While some states have legalized the sale of medical and recreational marijuana, the law in Mississippi is still tough on marijuana sales. In fact, you could be facing the possibility of years in prison if you are accused of selling or trafficking marijuana in Mississippi.
The rise in opioid abuse in Mississippi has prompted a crackdown by law enforcement on the state and federal levels.
Whenever you face a drug charge, the consequences can be enormous. Now only must you possibly contend with jail time and heavy fines, a drug conviction on your record can close many doors in the future or strip you of important opportunities.
Overturning a 2013 memo from the Obama Administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just ordered prosecutors to ensure sentencing judges have all the information they need to hand down harsh, mandatory minimum sentences -- even for low-level drug offenders.