While voters approved a ballot measure in 2020 to legalize medical cannabis, the state Supreme Court overturned it last year, and lawmakers picked up the ball.
In just 14 months, Mississippi’s medical cannabis legalization push has seen success at the ballot box, defeat in the state Supreme Court, and, this week, passage in the Senate.
Lawmakers have delivered a detailed draft to Governor Tate Reeves for a program that would replace a voter-approved initiative struck down by the state Supreme Court in May.
Voters approved it overwhelmingly, but the court zeroed in on a flaw in the language that had allowed the citizen initiative.
Some advocates were concerned that lawmakers’ competing measure would confuse voters.
Voters will see two initiatives on the ballot, including one put forth by lawmakers that is far more restrictive than the original, grassroots proposal.