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Signatures may get medical pot on Mississippi 2020 ballot

A Mississippi group advocating for medical marijuana legalization has turned in more than 105,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot next year. News outlets report Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted the signatures Wednesday to the secretary of state’s office, which now must review and certify the signatures. The group and activist Ashley Durval registered the Medical Marijuana 2020 ...

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Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

A federal judge is taking charge of Mississippi’s mental health system, saying that attorneys for the federal government have proved the state isn’t doing enough to serve people outside the confinement of mental hospitals. “The United States has met its burden and shown that despite the state’s episodic improvement, it operates a system that unlawfully discriminates against persons with serious ...

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‘Heart Attack’ is enjoying his retirement

Buford Bernard Jones recalled getting “whoopings” from his mother when he was a boy. “When I messed up, you had to pay up. Paying up was getting a whooping,” Jones recalled. He also suffered from a heart complication as the result of rheumatic fever, which damaged the valves of his heart. Because of this health condition, Jones said his heart ...

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Mississippi companies are cited and ordered to pay employees

Federal officials say two south Mississippi companies have been ordered to pay employees for labor violations that included failing to pay overtime. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the decision involving Doleac Electrical Co. and Maxem Health Urgent Care. Hattiesburg-based Doleac was ordered to pay $37,060 back in wages to 32 employees for what authorities say were violations that ...

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DOJ moves to add more marijuana growers for research

The Justice Department said Monday it would move forward to expand the number of marijuana growers for federally-authorized cannabis research. The long-awaited move comes after researchers filed court papers asking a judge to compel the Drug Enforcement Administration to process the applications to grow research pot. The DEA began accepting applications to grow marijuana for federally-approved research about three years ...

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High schoolers raise over $17K for Memory Makers

When Jack Ligon formed the Oxford High School group Students for Alzheimer’s, he wanted to help shed a light on the disease while also making a positive impact within his community. In 2017, he founded the Students for Alzheimer’s tennis tournament, which held its third event on Saturday (Aug. 17) at the John Leslie Tennis Complex. The first year the ...

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Study co-authored by UMMC professor finds changes in mindset key to helping college students exercise more

Viewing physical activity as an outlet for stress can increase college students’ willingness to exercise. However, in order to maintain that routine, students need social support from family and friends, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Researchers surveyed 135 college students, assessing their willingness to exercise for the recommended 150 minutes per week. Participants were ...

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Oxford becomes latest Mississippi government to ban kratom

Another north Mississippi government is banning the sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product. The Oxford Eagle reports the city banned sale of synthetic kratom products immediately beginning Aug. 6. Thirty or more Mississippi cities and counties have criminalized possession of kratom, although a bill to ban it statewide failed earlier this year in the Legislature. Interim Oxford ...

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Life Help building manager loves her work, helps others

GREENWOOD — Janity Callicut says she knew little about mental illness when she became an apartment manager for Life Help six years ago, but the job has worked out well for her. She oversees a total of 20 units, including East Haven Apartments, Denton Center and some townhouses on U.S. 82. She deals with residents who have mild to moderate ...

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Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting

Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And ...

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