Mississippi Senate Sends Stern Message to House, Governor in 46-5 Passage of Medical Cannabis Bill


<![CDATA[After Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves played games with calling a special session last fall, the state Senate did not pussyfoot on passing medical cannabis legislation this week. Making quick work on approving the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act in committee, the upper chamber took up the legislation, Senate Bill 2095, on the Senate floor Jan. 13 and ultimately sent a stern message to the House and governor via a 46-5 vote for passage. The approval came just two days after the legislation was officially introduced for this session. The bill, which Sen. Kevin Blackwell has been working to craft since early 2021, would allow registered patients in the state to access up to 3.5 grams of medical cannabis flower, 1 gram of concentrate or 100 milligrams of THC in an infused product per day—or roughly 3.7 ounces of flower per month. The proposed possession limit created rift between the Legislature and Reeves, who requested reducing the limit by half before he’d call a special session last fall. But that was just one of several requests the governor made, Blackwell told Cannabis Business Times last week. Reeves originally made nine requests, seven of which the Legislature accommodated, but then he kept coming back with more, and more, demands, Blackwell said. Blackwell and Rep. Lee Yancey—both Republicans—did not budge on the possession limit for the compromise bill they agreed upon last fall, and Reeves never called the special session. The legislative effort by Blackwell and Yancey was intended to accomplish the goals of November 2020’s voter-approved Initiative 65, which the state’s Supreme Court struck down on a signature-gathering technicality in May 2021. RELATED: Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Voter-Approved Ballot Initiative for Medical CannabisIn a social media post from late December, Reeves claimed the 3.5-gram-per-day limit would allow individuals to “smoke 11 joints a day”…

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