Medical Marijuana United of Florida pulls support for Mississippi pot initiative

A Florida advocate of legalizing marijuana says a threat prompted him to withdraw his offer to pay supporters of Mississippi's petition drive to gather signatures on petitions for a statewide election.

Jeremy Bufford of Medical Marijuana United in Tampa, Florida, offered in April to pay $1 to $2 for each certified signature.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Bufford says in an email to Mississippi supporters that he decided to withdraw after consulting with law enforcement and attorneys. He did not describe the threat.

He did not immediately respond to an email Sunday from The Associated Press; the newspaper said he did not return its phone call.

Mississippi's Ballot Initiative 48 would legalize marijuana for adults and impose a 7 percent sales tax. It also would legalize growing industrial hemp.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)...

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