Mississippi advocates are still waiting to see what will happen with medical marijuana. That means all eyes are on the Legislature this session, according to WDAM.
The Senate’s medical Cannabis bill is now officially filed as of late Tuesday afternoon. It faces daunting obstacles despite 74% of voters favoring medical marijuana in 2020.
It’s been a week since the 2022 legislative session began. On the first day, medical marijuana advocates lined the hallways and made their way into the gallery.
“We thought we had won that journey with Mississippi in 2020,” said We Are The 74 President Bethany Hill.
‘The Nerve Of You To Talk About Distraction’
The advocates are still cautiously optimistic. But some are also very frustrated, particularly by the Lieutenant Governor’s latest comments.
“So, it has distracted us to some degree, I think, from other issues that we should be addressing here in Mississippi,” claimed Lt. Governor Hosemann on Monday. “And quite frankly, it has led to a very scrutinized bill which is good, but has also led to us not paying attention to a lot of other things.”
“And now they have the gall to say that they’re distracted, too, and can’t do other stuff,” responded Shea Dobson, executive director of Citizens Alliance of Mississippi. “I would have to say to him, ‘the nerve of you, the nerve of you to talk about distraction when you have patients throughout this entire state, who are having their entire voice in the entire integrity of our election completely disregarded.’”
“We Hope For The Best, And We Prepare For The Worst”
“We hope for the best, and we prepare for the worst,” said Bethany Hill. “Obviously, we kind of had to get used to that after the Supreme Court decision.
“But I think we finally are reaching those finish lines that we’ve been working really hard for,” Hill said. “It’s been a really long journey for a lot of patients, and they’ve suffered and hurt and been criminals having to stay criminals in a state that told them they didn’t have to be anymore.
“The voters said, ‘You’re not a criminal anymore.’ And then the Supreme Court said, now you’re so it’s, we’re rescuing people across the board.”
The weed-hating Governor’s supposed concerns focus around the amount of Cannabis allowed each patient per ay in the proposal. The recently filed bill still includes 3.5 grams, which the Governor opposes. He wants it reduced to half that amount.