Mississippi May Get Two Competing Medical Cannabis Systems


2021-02-13 05:21:47 Ganjapreneur


As the Mississippi Supreme Court is preparing to decide the fate of the state’s constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis, a state senator has proposed a “Hail Mary” bill aimed at solving the state’s messy medical cannabis situation, Mississippi Today reports. Last November, Initiative 65 — Mississippi’s constitutional amendment bid to legalize medical cannabis — was approved with an overwhelming 74 percent of the vote. Mayor Mary Hawkins of Madison, Mississippi, however, filed a lawsuit attempting to block the measure right before the election. The original filing did not stop the vote, but the lawsuit was later updated on grounds that the signatures had been collected improperly. Compounding those issues, the State Department of Health, which did not support I-65, and the Mississippi and American Medical Associations have since signed on to the suit. The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to decide the amendment’s fate in April. Now, in a last-minute effort to ensure Mississippi gets a medical cannabis system — and just in case the Supreme Court ultimately overturns I-65 — Mississippi state Sen. Kevin Blackwell has proposed SB 2765, which would legalize medical cannabis, tax products at 10 percent, charge $150 for medical cards, and charge “reasonable” fees to dispensaries and other licensees. Under the proposal, money collected from license fees and taxes would boost education efforts in Mississippi. The bill would also shift regulatory duties for the industry from the Department of Health to the Department of Agriculture. Some senators are skeptical, however, with Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel questioning the tax on medical cannabis, noting that the state does not issue such a tax on pharmaceuticals. He also raised concerns over “anti-competitive measures” in the bill, according to the report. SB 2765 failed on deadline day — Thursday, February 11 — but was held over on a “motion to reconsider,” which will let senators take up the bill again in an early Friday morning session, where it ultimately passed on a vote of 30-19, Y’all Politics reports. The bill moves next to the House. The issue is made yet more complicated, however, because it raises the possibility of having two regulatory schemes emerge, assuming both the bill passes and that the Supreme Court upholds I-65. End Authored By: Lukas is a freelance writer and medical cannabis activist who lives in Tacoma. When he’s not writing about cannabis or working to bring a better medical cannabis system to Washington, he likes to DJ, play adaptive sports and volunteer in his Tacoma community. He supports national legalization and the opening up of the medical cannabis market in all 50 states.
据《密西西比州今日报》报道,在密西西比州最高法院准备决定该州将医用大麻合法化的宪法修正案的命运之际,一名州参议员提出了一项旨在解决该州乱七八糟的医用大麻状况的“万岁玛丽”法案。 去年11月,密西西比州提出的旨在使医用大麻合法化的宪法修正案65号倡议以74%的压倒性票数获得通过。然而,密西西比州麦迪逊市市长玛丽霍金斯提起诉讼,试图在选举前阻止这项措施。最初的归档并没有停止投票,但诉讼后来以签名收集不当为由进行了更新。使这些问题更加复杂的是,不支持I-65的国家卫生部,以及密西西比州和美国医学协会后来都签署了这一诉讼。密西西比州最高法院将于4月决定该修正案的命运。 现在,在确保密西西比州拥有医用大麻系统的最后一刻的努力中--也是为了万一最高法院最终推翻I-65,密西西比州参议员凯文·布莱克韦尔提出了SB2765,该法案将医用大麻合法化,对产品征收10%的税,对医疗卡收取150美元,并向药房和其他持证人收取“合理”的费用。根据该提案,从执照费和税收中收取的钱将促进密西西比州的教育努力。该法案还将把对该行业的监管职责从卫生部转移到农业部。 然而,一些参议员对此持怀疑态度,共和党参议员克里斯·麦克丹尼尔质疑医用大麻税,指出该州并没有对药品征收此类税。报道称,他还对该法案中的“反竞争措施”表示担忧。 据Y'all Politics报道,SB2765在截止日期--2月11日星期四--未能通过,但由于一项“重新审议动议”而被搁置,该动议将让参议员们在周五凌晨的会议上再次审议该法案,最终以30比19的投票结果获得通过。法案在房子旁边移动。 然而,这个问题变得更加复杂,因为它提出了出现两个监管方案的可能性,假设两个法案都通过,并且最高法院支持I-65。 结束 作者: 卢卡斯是一名自由撰稿人和医用大麻活动家,住在塔科马。当他不写关于大麻的文章,也不致力于为华盛顿带来更好的大麻医疗系统时,他喜欢做DJ,做适应性运动,在他的塔科马社区做志愿者。他支持全国合法化,并在所有50个州开放医用大麻市场。