Mississippi lawmakers kill invoice to create an alternate medical marijuana program

The Mississippi House killed a Senate bill that would have created a legislative alternative to the medical marijuana program that the state’s voters vigorously approved in November.

The move of the house on Wednesday puts the fate of Mississippi’s medical marijuana program in the hands of the state’s Supreme Court, according to Mississippi Today.

The Mississippi Supreme Court is due to hear a challenge to Initiative 65 in April, which nearly 74% of voters approved on election day.

The bill that was killed – SB 2765 – was only passed by the Senate after extensive debate in mid-February.

The measure was originally intended to create its own medical cannabis program, regardless of what the Supreme Court ruled on Initiative 65. SB 2765 was later changed so that it will only take effect if the program passed by voters is canceled.

Despite the challenges facing the MMJ program in Mississippi, the State Board of Health is striving to develop regulations by July 1.

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