Mississippi voters in November passed a ballot initiative that proposes amending the state constitution to legalize medical cannabis and for the state to govern its distribution. Now the Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether Initiative 65 was unconstitutional.

The question hinges on voter signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot.

The AMA and Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) filed an amicus brief urging the state’s highest court to declare the initiative unconstitutional. Beyond the caselaw supporting that conclusion, the brief argues that the initiative poses significant risks to public health and puts a burden on Mississippi physicians.

“Making sure the constitutional amendment map is followed is always important, but given the nature of the initiative at issue and the substantial ramifications it poses for Mississippi’s public health and the medical community, particular care is warranted here,” says the amicus brief in the case, Butler v. Watson.

The Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies is the voice of America’s medical profession in legal proceedings across the country.

Legislature, not courts, must act

In Mississippi, it’s currently impossible to bring constitutional amendments to voters through the ballot box.

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