Medical marijuana bill passes, heads to Mississippi governor – WSB-TV Channel 2

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JACKSON, Mississippi — (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are sending their governor a bill that would create a medical marijuana program for people with serious medical conditions.

If this becomes law, as expected, Mississippi will join the majority of states that allow people to use cannabis for medical reasons.

The House and Senate both passed the final version of the measure, Senate Bill 2095, on Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves could sign the bill, veto it, or let it become law without his signature. He didn’t say what he was going to do, but lawmakers passed it with a margin wide enough to override a veto.

The bill states that patients can purchase up to 3.5 grams of cannabis per day, up to six days a week. That’s about 3 ounces per month. The bill also sets taxes on the production and sale of cannabis and specifies that plants must be grown indoors under controlled conditions.

Reeves told WLOX-TV on Wednesday that he would have lawyers review the bill before deciding whether or not to sign it.

“We’ve worked hard to reduce the overall amount of marijuana in the bill, and to the credit of the Legislative Assembly, they’ve made a lot of progress there,” Reeves said.

A majority of Mississippi voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in November 2020, and it would have allowed people to buy up to 5 ounces per month. The state Supreme Court struck down it six months later, ruling that the state initiative process was outdated and the measure was not properly on the ballot.

Shortly after the court’s decision, lawmakers worked to create a program that would allow people with conditions such as cancer, AIDS or sickle cell disease to purchase marijuana from government-licensed dispensaries. State.

The Senate and House had passed slightly different versions of a bill this month, with bipartisan support. The two houses then agreed on a version to send to the governor. The final version included some zoning provisions that cities wanted.

The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 36 states and four territories allow the medical use of cannabis.

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