Medical marijuana bill headed for debate

A bill to create a medical marijuana program is headed for debate in the Mississippi Senate soon.

Senate Bill 2095 passed the Senate Public Health Committee yesterday. The bill would allow a person with a marijuana prescription to obtain up to 3.5 grams of the substance per day.

Governor Tate Reeves has said that is too much and believes the amount would lead to widespread recreational use of the drug.

Citizens Alliance of Mississippi Executive Director Shea Dobson was in Jackson the past two days advocating for the bill. “I’m very optimistic. I mean, it was an overwhelming vote in the Senate and we’re expecting a similar result in the House. The more the merrier. We believe the more people we have signing on and voting yes on this, that it just shows the people of Mississippi that when you go to the polls and you vote for something in good faith, at 74%, that our representatives are going to take that seriously and they’re going to honor our vote.”

Mississippi voters approved an initiative to allow medical marijuana in November 2020. Six months later, the State Supreme Court ruled the initiative was not properly on the ballot.

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