Mississippi Ag Commissioner voices concerns over proposed medical marijuana bill

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson (R-Miss.) held a news conference on Monday to discuss the proposed medical marijuana bill.

During the news conference, he repeatedly said the legislature’s version of the medical marijuana bill is not what the people voted for when it came to Initiative 65. The initiative was overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court in May.

Gipson said he’s concerned about who is going to operation the program, who is going to pay for it and how much it will cost taxpayers.

In the bill, multiple agencies would be in charge of the program, including the Mississippi Department of Agriculture (MDAC). Gipson is against the program being under MDAC. He believes medical marijuana should be put under the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) because it’s a medical issue.

If need be, Gipson said he would consider taking legal action.

“Would I consider legal action? The answer is yes. We have to consider all of our options. It’s not what the people wanted. It’s not what my oath of office requires. It’s not what the people of Mississippi elected me to do; to be the marijuana kingpin of Mississippi,” he stated.

Gipson said he met with legislative leaders this weekend to go over the draft legislation.

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