Mississippi

Mississippi Now Has Timeline For Medical Marijuana Rollout

Roughly five months. That is apparently when Mississippians can expect their newly approved medical marijuana program to begin to take shape. Two months after voters in the Magnolia State approved a measure legalizing medical cannabis, officials in Mississippi are previewing what the program’s implementation will look like in the new year. According to local television station WJTV, the next few months will see the Mississippi Department of Health examine best plans for implementation. By July, according to the station, the department “will outline the rules and framework”; on August 15 of this year, “licenses will be distributed, and then the […]

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Mississippi Attorney General and Secretary of State Support Medical Cannabis

As a Mississippi mayor sues the state over medical cannabis, the attorney general of Mississippi, Lynn Fitch, as well as Secretary of State Michael Watson, are on the side of the medical initiative. This is surprising to many, as both Fitch and Watson are Republicans.  The mayor of Madison, Mary Hawkins Butler, initially filed the lawsuit in October, before medical cannabis even passed, claiming that Initiative 65 would limit the abilities of cities to control where medical cannabis businesses are built. While the initiative passed back in November by a significant number of votes, she is still hoping to see […]

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Mississippi Gets Its First Cannabis Trade Association

Now that Mississippi has officially joined the ranks of U.S. states legally allowing medical cannabis, the next step is more cannabis legislation, as well as a thriving cannabis industry, so the state needs to be prepared. In order to help provide services for those next steps, Mississippi now has an official cannabis trade association.  The Mississippi Cannabis Trade Association (MSCTA) will help educate the state about cannabis, provide a legal resource on the subject, and support members who join from the industry looking for resources and connections. In addition to plant-touching businesses, often considered the heart of the industry, the […]

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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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