It appears as if the Mississippi Supreme Court won’t consider a legal challenge to a medical cannabis initiative being on the poll – until the election is over.
Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed an order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson until Nov. 6 to answer the problem by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, in response to the Associated Press.
Butler contends the initiative didn’t meet a state customary requiring an equal variety of signatures from Mississippi’s former 5 congressional districts. Mississippi now has solely 4 congressional districts.
Watson initially was ordered by one other Supreme Court justice to reply by Oct. 28.
Supporters for the initiative, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, have referred to as the go well with groundless.
They be aware their group collected 228,000 signatures and that the secretary of state validated greater than 105,000 by January 2020, formally inserting the initiative on the poll.
Butler’s authorized problem is simply one other instance of the trouble within the conservative state to thwart medical marijuana legalization, which is favored by roughly 80% of residents, in response to a current ballot.
State lawmakers additionally threw a wrench into the method by placing on the poll a extra restrictive, competing medical marijuana measure.
Competing measures make it much less possible for both to move, in response to the state’s components for deciding such poll points.