Mississippi voters may have not one, but two medical marijuana proposals to decide on come November.
Members of the state’s House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday to place another measure on this year’s ballot as an alternative to Initiative 65, which qualified for the ballot in January.
If approved, Initiative 65 would provide access to medical cannabis for patients suffering from a variety of conditions like cancer and epilepsy. Proponents of the resolution passed Tuesday by the Mississippi state House, which was approved by a 71-49 vote, claim that it is intended to address problems with Initiative 65. But supporters of Initiative 65 contend it is nothing more than an effort to split the vote and prevent medical marijuana from being made legal in the state.
Criticism From Advocates
Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group that spearheaded the effort to get Initiative 65 on the ballot, slammed lawmakers for passing the new resolution, saying that it “will prevent a fair up-or-down vote on medical marijuana by confusing voters.”
The group singled out Philip Gunn, the Republican speaker of the state house, saying he is “opposed to medical marijuana” and “opposed to a fair vote on the initiative.” Mississippians