Mississippi

Successful Cannabis Initiatives In Three States Face Legal Challenges

Prohibitionist forces in three states have filed lawsuits to block cannabis legalization initiatives that were approved by voters in this month’s election. Legalization measures appeared on the general election ballots in five states this year, and all were approved by a majority of voters. In Montana, 57% of voters approved Initiative 190, a measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Attorneys for the group Wrong for Montana, which campaigned against the initiative, filed a suit claiming that the measure is unconstitutional because it allocates money from recreational cannabis taxes for specific purposes. Under the state constitution, appropriating money is […]

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Mississippi Voters Approve Medical Use of Cannabis – Reason

Mississippi voters today approved a ballot initiative that allows patients with a physician-certified “debilitating medical condition” to use marijuana for symptom relief. With 56 percent of precincts reporting, more than two-thirds of voters favored legalizing medical marijuana, and nearly three-quarters preferred Initiative 65, the more liberal of two options. Mississippi is the 34th state, and the second in the Deep South, to allow medical use of marijuana. South Dakota has a similar initiative on its ballot this year that also looks likely to pass. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, opposed Initiative 65, as did the American Medical Association and the […]

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Passes in Mississippi – Cannabis Business Times

Editor’s note: Election results reported are projected, and subject to change. CBT/CD will update its election coverage as necessary to accommodate changing election results. New Jerseyans have voted to approve Public Question No. 1, which amends the state constitution to legalize cannabis for adults aged 21 and over, as well as the cultivation, processing and sale of recreational cannabis products, by a 67-33 margin, according to unofficial election results reported by the New York Times at 9:48 p.m. ET.  The ballot initiative does not spell out a regulatory framework of any kind. The Public Question No. 1 referendum comes after years of failed […]

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Mississippi Voters Approve Medical Marijuana

A majority of voters in Mississippi voted to approve Initiative 65, which provides for a state-regulated marijuana access system for qualified patients. Conversely, voters rejected a far more restrictive effort placed on the ballot by the legislature, Measure 65A. Commenting on the outcome, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “Initiative 65 puts the needs and interests of patients first. This was a grassroots effort to provide patients with access to a treatment option that patients already enjoy in 34 other states and in the District of Columbia. By contrast, Measure 65A was a cynical effort by lawmakers to misdirect voters. […]

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Mississippi governor is voting ‘no’ to Liberal and stoner-driven medical cannabis proposals – The GrowthOp

Mississippi will have duelling medical cannabis reforms on the ballot during today’s U.S. elections, but the state’s governor is no fan of either, suggesting they’re the brainchild of Liberals and stoners, so should be stubbed out. One could only assume that was Republican Governor Tate Reeves’ point when he noted in a tweet Sunday that “there are good folks on all sides of the medical marijuana debate,” but in the next sentence added, “Most non-stoners say we should be careful & deliberate. Initiative 65 is the opposite.” Specifically, if passed, Initiative 65 would allow medical cannabis treatment for 20-plus qualifying […]

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Mississippi Governor Makes Final Plea in Opposition to Medical Marijuana

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves made a final plea against medical marijuana on Twitter ahead of election day on November 3rd, where voters in the state will be asked to approve Initiative 65 that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. “Most non-stoners say we should be careful and deliberate,” the tweet stated, “Initiative 65 is the opposite…. Voting against both [Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A].”  Reeves also claimed that there would be “pot shops everywhere” and “no local authority.” Under Initiative 65’s text, municipalities would be permitted to enact local zoning ordinances on medical cannabis businesses.  Polls Indicate Gov. Reeves […]

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Mississippi Mayor Challenges State's Medical Cannabis Measure – Cannabis Business Times

A recent study by the Resource Innovation Institute (RII) found that indoor cannabis cultivation facilities that utilize LED lighting systems were, on average, more energy-efficient and more productive than facilities using non-LED lights. The non-profit organization analyzed data from 84 indoor cultivators who submitted energy use and production data to the group’s Cannabis PowerScore tool, a benchmarking platform that gathers confidential facility information about energy use, production output and cultivation methods, and provides operators with ranking relative to other respondents. (RII uses the aggregate PowerScore data to inform governments, utilities and the supply chain on how to support cultivators in […]

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Mississippi Marijuana Initiative Group Gets Cease & Desist Letter From Trump Campaign

The backers of a medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Mississippi have received a cease-and-desist letter from President Trump’s reelection campaign ordering the group to stop using the president’s name in literature backing the measure. The letter was sent to Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group backing Initiative 65, in response to a campaign mailer sent to Republican voters. “Join President Trump and 3 out of 4 Mississippi Republicans who support medical marijuana,” read a message on the outside envelope of the campaign mail, according to a report from NBC News. Inside the envelope, a letter said that […]

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