Mississippi Senate Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Legislation that would establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Mississippi has been passed by a key senate committee.

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee voted today to pass Senate Bill 2095, which would allow those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and consume up to 3.5 grams of marijuana per day. It would allow patients to purchase the medicine from a licensed dispensary.

Governor Tate Reeves warned lawmakers prior to the vote that he would veto it if passes as-is, stating his concern that the 3.5 gram limit is too high. Lawmakers passed the measure anyway, in hopes of being able to override any potential veto (which can be accomplished through a 2/3rds vote of the legislature).

Passage of the measure in its initial committee comes over a year after voters – in November, 2020 – passed an initiative to legalize marijuana. The proposal was suppose to be implemented in the middle of last year, but a May decision by the state’s Supreme Court prevented it from taking effect. Following this decision a group of lawmakers spent months formulating a measure that would do what the initiative was suppose to.

Senate Bill 2095 will now go the full senate, where passage would send it to the house of representatives. Passage in both the senate and house would send it to Governor Reeves who would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without a signature, or veto it.

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