The Mississippi Senate approves an alternate medical marijuana program hours after it was defeated

The Mississippi Senate approved alternative law for a medical marijuana program on Friday after failing to get the required three-fifths majority of the vote the previous Thursday.

The bill was initially not passed on Thursday evening and received one vote less than the Senate. The final vote resulted in 30 votes for and 21 votes for the opposition. During the second pass attempt, some of the senators who were present for the first vote were missing as the vote was held late at 1:15 a.m.

In this second round of voting, 30 voted for the bill and 19 against.

Among those who were not present for the second vote, Senators Jennifer Branning (R) and Tammy Witherspoon (D) had voted against the bill on the first vote, while Senator Lydia Chassaniol (R) had voted for the bill. In the second round, Senator Benjamin Shuber (R) replaced her vote, who was absent in the first round of voting.

Changes to the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Initiative

The purpose of Bill 2765 is to tax medical marijuana with an excise duty of 4% on cultivation and a sales tax of 7% paid by the patient, which is below the original 10% proposed by Mississippi’s initiative to legalize medical cannabis for voters were passed last November.

In addition, license fees for breeders and pharmacies have been reduced from $ 100,000 for breeders and $ 20,000 for pharmacies to $ 15,000 and $ 5,000, respectively.

What’s Next for Mississippi Cannabis Legalization?

When Bill 2765 passes the Senate, he will go into the house, where his future remains uncertain.

While that bill was passing the Senate vote last week, a motion from the City of Madison to the Mississippi Supreme Court was made about four months ago to override the medical marijuana legalization initiative.

The Mississippi governor was also a vocal critic of the initiative, claiming that the “most liberal weed rules” proposed by the initiative are being promoted by “stoners”.

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