Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves told reporters at the state capitol Feb. 1 that he is undecided on whether he will sign a medical cannabis legalization bill into law, but luckily for the state’s patient base, the legislation is expected to become law no matter how Reeves responds, as it passed the Legislature with veto-proof majorities.
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Reeves said Tuesday that his attorneys are still reviewing the bill, according to an AP News report.
He added that he is pleased that lawmakers made some of his suggested tweaks to the legislation, including a request that legislators reduce the amount of cannabis that patients can access each month.
The bill would allow qualified patients to purchase up to 3.5 grams of cannabis per day, up to six days per week, and sets taxes on the production and sale of medical cannabis.
Reeves has a Feb. 2 deadline to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
Mississippi voters approved a medical cannabis legalization initiative in the 2020 election, but the measure was overturned by the state’s Supreme Court due to an outdated initiative process.
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Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling in May, lawmakers set to work to restore the will of their constituents through drafting medical cannabis legislation.