MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In tonight’s Ransom Note: medical marijuana in Mississippi. Voters approved it overwhelmingly, but then last month the state supreme court took it away. Now Governor Tate Reeves is on record saying he wants lawmakers to bring back medical marijuana. That’s a good thing because the technicality the supreme court used to overturn the measure was a stretch anyway. Justices ruled the referendum voters passed used an old process that was outdated and unworkable, so just that fast, they threw out the will of Mississippi voters.
But Reeves should be willing to pay more than just lip service to the issue. He should lead and say what he intends to do to make it happen. For example, he could call lawmakers back for a special session but so far says he won’t. He also says he wants to restore the referendum process but won’t say how.
Medical marijuana got 10,000 more votes than Donald Trump, and in Mississippi that’s saying something. Voters deserve better.
“The big problem is that the MS Supreme Court communicated directly to the voters of the state that their vote doesn’t matter.” – Ken Newburger, Executive Director of 3MA pic.twitter.com/7oZhovDULO
— Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association (@medmarijuanams) June 1, 2021