Lawmakers in Mississippi are unlikely to reach medical marijuana deal this year

#Mississippi state lawmakers say a special session of the Legislature to #legalize #medical #marijuana this year is increasingly unlikely, given that the regular legislative session convenes in #January. #Republicans in the state have failed to reach a deal with Gov. Tate #Reeves, who for months has stalled the legalization process by demanding ever-stricter parameters for a medical marijuana #program, including potency #caps on products and purchase limits for patients.

“It was a compromise between the leaders of the #House and the #Senate that then went to the governor for the governor to take a look and see if he had anything he wanted to add or take away from it. That changed the #bill to 277 pages.” Although Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved MMJ legalization last year, the state Supreme Court nullified that victory in May based on a legal technicality. State lawmakers subsequently pledged to legalize medical cannabis on their own. But a deal has proved elusive and might now have to wait until #2022.

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