According to a new poll, Mississippi voters support the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana use. The support is so strong that about 20 percent of the voters highlighted that medical cannabis is an essential issue.
They went further to say that it will determine how they will vote in the upcoming elections. Medical cannabis outranks infrastructure, job creation, education, and public safety. Mississippians got fired up after the state’s Supreme Court invalidated a reform measure passed at the ballot last year.
Medical cannabis is getting support from all demographic breakdown across races, political parties, genders, and ages in the poll. But for recreational marijuana legalization, Democratic and younger voters are likely to support it, while Republican and older voters will likely support the policy.
From a survey carried out by Chism Strategies and Millsaps College, about 63 percent of voters recommend that the legislature pass a bill to mirror the ballot measures. According to the same survey, more than 52 percent of voters said they support ending prohibitions and legalization of adult cannabis use.
In a press release, Nathan Schrader of Millsaps College said that it is clear voters have a different view in terms of their policy preferences to those of the state’s elected officials. He also added that it is a matter of time until it becomes clear how long the elected leaders will hold onto their seats. The 2022 legislative session will play a significant role in testing the strength of most leaders.
A senate committee held a meeting last week to discuss what a cannabis legalization bill would be like if the lawmakers decide to agree with the reform legislatively. If the governor does not call for a special meeting, then the proposal will have to wait until January 2021, when the session begins.