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The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday issued a much-anticipated ruling that strikes down the Medical marijuana program enshrined in the state constitution by voters in November.

The ruling also voids — for now — the state’s ballot initiative process that allows voters to take matters in hand and pass constitutional amendments. The court ruled that the state’s ballot initiative process is “unworkable and inoperative” until lawmakers and voters fix state law and the constitution.

Both Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn support Gov. Tate Reeves calling a special session to allow legislators to reinstate the state’s initiative process after the 6-3 decision.

Last week’s ruling has sparked widespread conversation, and we want to know what our readers think. How do you feel about the Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ballot initiative process? How do you feel about the Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Initiative 65? Share your thoughts by filling out the survey below.


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