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Mississippians rally for lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana

Mississippians across the state are lifting their voices in support of legalizing medical marijuana. Rallies were held in 6 cities this weekend calling on the governor to hold a special session so lawmakers can pass a cannabis bill.

Protests organized in six cities across Mississippi are calling on state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana.

Most protesters are members of the medical marijuana advocacy movement We Are the 74, a Facebook group that has nearly 15 thousand members. Advocates say they represent the 74 percent of Mississippians who voted to adopt a medical marijuana program in last November’s election. This summer, the state supreme court this summer ruled the ballot initiative process unconstitutional which overturned the amendment.

At a protest outside of the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson, David Singletary of Florence says lawmakers need to implement a medical marijuana program soon.

“Our vote was not considered, and how 74% of the people are having to bow down to 26% of the people who are rich and run the state,” says Singletary. “The meek and the weak shall inherit the earth, but why are the rich and the powerful screwing it up?”

Rallies were also held in the cities of Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Tupelo. [Read more at Mississippi Public Broadcasting]

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