Mississippi debates medical marijuana. Wasn’t that already approved?

Last Friday, the Mississippi state Senate approved a medical cannabis bill, SB 2765, during a 1 a.m. vote. But, doesn’t Mississippi already have a medical cannabis program?

The legitimacy of voter-selected Initiative 65 is being debated in the Mississippi Supreme Court, but medical cannabis advocates are pushing forward with preparing for the rollout of Initiative 65 at the end of this year. So, what’s up with SB 2765?

The bill was originally presented as a bill that could run “parallel” to Initiative 65.

The bill initially restricted the number of cannabis growing licenses to five and required a $200,000 application fee. After several amendments, the bill was passed with lower fees and a provision that said the bill would only go into effect if the Mississippi supreme court rules Initiative 65 to be unconstitutional.

With a new, ever-evolving bill approved by the senate and headed to the house and a lawsuit that could mean the citizen-supported Initiative 65 could fail to launch, it’s easy to wonder what is the future of medical cannabis in Mississippi. It seems the future is in the hands of the legislature and the supreme court.

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