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    Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Medical Marijuana Initiative That Voters Approved

    Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Medical Marijuana Legalization Ballot That Voters Approved

    By Kyle Jaeger
    May 14, 2021

    A voter-approved initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi has been overturned by the state Supreme Court.

    On Friday, the court ruled in favor of a Mississippi mayor who filed a legal challenge against the 2020 measure, nullifying its certification by the Secretary of State. The lawsuit was unrelated to the merits of the reform proposal itself, but plaintiffs argued that the constitutional amendment violated procedural rules for placing measures on the ballot.

    While the court acknowledged that a “strong, if not overwhelming, majority of voters of Mississippi approved Initiative 65” to legalize medical cannabis in the state, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler’s (R) petition was valid for statutory reasons.

    Madison’s challenge cites a state law stipulating that “signatures of the qualified electors from any congressional district shall not exceed one-fifth (1/5) of the total number of signatures required to qualify an initiative petition for placement upon the ballot.” But that policy went into effect when Mississippi had five congressional districts, and that’s since been reduced to four, making it mathematically impossible to adhere to.

    The secretary of state and other officials pushed back against the lawsuit and argued that a plain reading of the state Constitution makes it clear that the intention of the district-based requirement was to ensure that signatures were collected in a geographically dispersed manner—and the result of the campaign met that standard.

    But in the court’s 6-3 ruling released on Friday, the justices said that their hands were tied. The legislature or administration might be able to fix the procedural ballot issue, but it had to follow the letter of the law.

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    It’s not like a court or judge could cite an outdated or contradictory law at any time they want.
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    On Friday, the court ruled in favor of a Mississippi mayor who filed a legal challenge against the 2020 measure, nullifying its certification by the Secretary of State.
    Most importantly, when was this lawsuit filed? Once it was on a ballot for the public to vote on, hadn't it already been officially approved, and past the validation process?

    Also, this would nullify anything ever voted on by Mississippi since they lost the 5th representative.
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    I'd rather have weed decriminalized rather than legalized.
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    I'd rather have weed decriminalized rather than legalized.
    Yep. But then the revolving door would start to squeak. Can’t have that.
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    So what they've basically done is ban ballot measures. And only the legislature can fix that. And what could possibly motivate the state legislature to fix something that gives some of their power to the people?
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