Voters in one county vote to opt in to Mississippi medical marijuana program

Published 5:30 am Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Voters in one Mississippi county voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries and other facilities in a special election Tuesday.

The election in Lincoln County only had one issue on the ballot — referencing the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act SB2095 — and only two options, “for” or “against” the “cultivation, processing, sale and/or distribution of medical cannabis in Lincoln County.”

Lincoln County voters cast  1,387 (53.5 percent) for the measure and  1,203 (46.5 percent) against the measure.

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In March, the Lincoln County supervisors opted out of allowing any medical marijuana cultivation, transportation, processing or sale. Voters in communities that opted out can trigger a special election by gathering signatures by petition from either 1,500 registered voters or 20 percent of the population.

In November 2020, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 65, agreeing to a state medical marijuana program.