The Long, Winding Road Of Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

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73% of voters in Mississippi want medical marijuana legalized

Tony Barragan was in Chicago when he got a text message from his lawyer telling him the Mississippi Supreme Court had announced its verdict in a challenge to the state’s medical marijuana initiative.

By a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the medical marijuana program that had been supported in November by an incredible 73.3% of voters, all based on a technicality in the signature-gathering process.

“I was waiting on him to text me back and say, ‘I’m just kidding,’” Barragan said of that May afternoon. “But my phone was just silent.”

A couple messages back and forth confirmed the news: the medical program, with licensing expected to begin in the summer, was now on indefinite hiatus. Throughout the state, hopeful entrepreneurs like Barragan, as well as legal experts, activists and expectant patients, were shocked.

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