(ConservativeHub.com) – The movement to legalize marijuana for medical use has gained traction due to the drug’s benefits in treating and managing various health issues. There are now 37 states where it’s legal to use marijuana to treat certain health conditions after the signing of a new law on February 2.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) signed a bill making medical marijuana legal as a pain management medication. The state now allows patients who receive a diagnosis from a healthcare professional to have up to three ounces of the drug each month for about 24 different conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and Huntington’s disease.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 3, 2022
Mississippi voters approved medical marijuana in November 2020, but a state Supreme Court decision invalidated the results. The court ruled the process to put the measure on the ballot wasn’t up-to-date, so it was never correctly submitted.
Dispensaries in the state will take months to become functional and provide patients with the drug. The new law gives each local area 90 days to restrict retail or farming activity in their area.
The governor signed this bill while making it clear in a social media statement that it wasn’t “the one that [he] would have written.” However, he opposes a movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In his statement, Reeves acknowledged some people might want a recreational law, but he feels it could lead to more people not working and have negative consequences for families and society. Voters supported medical use, but would they be on the same page about recreational legalization?
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