Friday, January 28, 2022
Mississippi’s Full Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana
The full Mississippi Legislature has now given approval to legislation that will establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program.
Senate Bill 2095 has now been given final approval by the House of Representatives and Senate, following their agreement on amendments the House made after it passed the Senate. The measure’s final vote in the House was 103 to 13, and 46 to 4 in the Senate.
The measure now goes to Governor Tate Reeves, who has expressed opposition to the bill and requested the possession limits to be lowered. However, both the House and Senate passed the measure with a super-majority (of 2/3rds support), allowing them to override any potential veto. This gives the governor three options: Sign it into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it knowing the legislature would likely override said veto.
Under the proposed law, those with a recommendation from a licensed physician would be authorized to purchase up to three grams of dried marijuana, and up to a gram of concentrates, from a licensed dispensary.
“This has been a long journey, and it’s nice to be in a place where everyone is in agreement,” said Represenative Lee Yancey (R) at press conference on Tuesday. “It looks like we will finally be able to provide relief to those people with debilitating illnesses who so badly need it. Medical cannabis will now be an option for them as soon as we get the conference report signed and sent to the governor.”
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