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Hosts Andrea Miller and Rev. Terence Dicks are joined by Mississippi activist Kelly Jacobs. Topic of conversation is legalization of marijuana, release of non-violent drug offenders and expungement of records.

Kelly Jacobs, 56, is a community organizer/activist and a 21 year resident of Hernando, Mississippi, who has registered voters, rescued injured or orphaned wildlife, helped candidates canvass, keeps honeybees, taught free after school world geography & chess to children, represented Mississippi at the last 3 DNC Conventions as an elected delegate, and protested the warS. Kelly has lived in California, New Mexico, Colombia, Nevada, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Brazil and Germany before moving to Mississippi with her wonderful husband and 2 sons.

Currently Kelly is the author and sponsor of Mississippi's state wide Ballot Initiative 48, which asks Mississippians if they want to amend the State Constitution so that Marijuana is regulated like alcohol and the Governor is required to pardon non violent cannabis crimes.

The MS SOS issued the #Bi48 petition and it has one year (until 12/29/15) to collect 21,443 certified signatures only from registered voters of Mississippi, in 5 different areas.  If even one area fails to collect that minimum number of certified signatures, the entire initiative fails. The deadline for all ballot initiatives to get onto the 2016 ballot is October 2, 2015, if #Bi48 needs more time (only until 12/29/15 deadline) to collect all of the certified signatures, it can get onto the 2017 ballot. Currently 9,205 signatures have been certified, an additional 6,126 signatures were rejected by the MS Circuit Clerks. More volunteers, publicity and of course donations are needed.