Mississippi

Tue
25
May

Mississippi Voters Rebel Against Medical Marijuana Madness

That Mississippi’s medical cannabis program appears to have been sunk just prior to it starting hasn’t sat well with the state’s voters.

As we reported earlier this week, a voter-supported initiative to amend the state’s constitution to allow qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana has been cancelled due to a technicality with more wide-ranging ramifications.

Chism Strategies has carried out a poll since, gauging the mood of 905 Mississippi voters on the decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court to invalidate Initiative 65.

Here’s some of what it found.

Mon
24
May

Mississippi Voters Rebel Against Medical Marijuana Madness

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That Mississippi’s medical cannabis program appears to have been sunk just prior to it starting hasn’t sat well with the state’s voters.

As we reported earlier this week, a voter-supported initiative to amend the state’s constitution to allow qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana has been cancelled due to a technicality with more wide-ranging ramifications.

Chism Strategies has carried out a poll since, gauging the mood of 905 Mississippi voters on the decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court to invalidate Initiative 65.

Here’s some of what it found.

Thu
20
May

What happens now to medical marijuana in Mississippi?

What looked like a major victory for proponents of medical marijuana was turned around after the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the process of bringing it up for a public vote was flawed.

Voters overwhelmingly said, ‘Yes’ to Initiative 65, but that now apparently doesn’t matter.

“It’s just a matter of switching seeds. Same growing process, same techniques,” Geary said.

But Geary will have to stick with the hemp growing operation now that the Supreme Court struck down the measure that was approved overwhelmingly by voters last fall.

Wed
19
May

Technicality Sinks Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program

It looks like hopes of Mississippi’s voter-supported medical cannabis program kicking off this year have been dashed by a Supreme Court decision.

In November last year, a ballot initiative in Mississippi to legalise medical cannabis was successful, with 74% of voters supporting it. Initiative 65 would amend the state’s constitution to allow qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions certified by a doctor to use medical marijuana sourced from dispensaries – and there would be no limit to the number of dispensaries that could set up in the state.

Tue
18
May

Mississippi Supreme Court Strikes Down Successful Initiative 65 For Medical Marijuana

 

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday struck down a medical marijuana initiative, Initiative 65, that succeeded at the polls in the November election, overturning the will of nearly 70% of the state’s electorate in the process. The Supreme Court justices ruled in a 6 to 3 decision that Mississippi’s voter initiative process is constitutionally flawed, effectively dooming any future voter-led ballot measures until a remedy is passed by the legislature.

Mon
17
May

Mississippi justices toss voter-backed marijuana initiative

Mississippi will remain in the minority of states without a medical marijuana program after the state Supreme Court on Friday overturned an initiative that voters approved last fall — a decision that also limits other citizen-led efforts to put issues on the statewide ballot.

At the heart of the ruling is the fact that initiatives need signatures from five congressional districts to get on the ballot, but because of Mississippi’s stagnant population, the state only has four districts.

Wed
12
May

Mississippians could soon see ballot initiative aimed to legalize marijuana

Mississippians could soon see a ballot initiative aimed to fully legalize marijuana during the next general election.

While the State Department of Health is still working out the kinds of a state medical marijuana program, one Mississippi doctor thinks now is the time to go all the way and fully legalize marijuana.

During the past general election, Mississippians voted in droves for initiative 64, which allows regulated medical marijuana.

"I mean it really is time a lot of states are already ahead us there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be doing it," said David Nelms.

Some want to take it a step further. Dr. David Alan, the author of initiative 77, wants to fully legalize the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana up to 99 plants.

Tue
11
May

Mississippi Cannabis Legalization Hits An Unfortunate Snag

Due to a publishing error, a Mississippi cannabis legalization proposal to make smokable cannabis legal wherever cigarette smoking is allowed in the state has been delayed. This unusual cannabis initiative would have been one-of-a-kind, but now, the state has a chance to push forward with full legalization and offer more opportunity for a growing industry or go backwards and not legalize at all. 

Fri
16
Apr

Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Opponents of Medical Cannabis To Challenge Vote Results

The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments this week challenging the state’s overwhelming vote in support of medical cannabis last November but advocates still have their high hopes. 

The Mississippi Cannabis Trade Association released a statement following Thursday’s oral arguments that would determine the industry’s fate. If the challenge is successful it would essentially nullify the election night win for compassion in Mississippi. 

Mon
12
Apr

Mississippi Supreme Court to hear arguments on legality of state's marijuana program

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case to decide the fate of Initiative 65, the state's voter-approved medical marijuana program.

The city of Madison and its mayor, Mary Hawkins Butler, filed a lawsuit opposing the medical marijuana constitutional amendment just days before voters overwhelmingly endorsed it in November.

Butler opposes legalization and says the way the marijuana question reached the ballot was improper. Attorneys for the state have called her suit "woefully untimely" and argued in court filings her technical interpretation of constitutional language that regulates ballot initiatives is off-base.

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