Lawmakers could return to Jackson for a special session to reinstate the medical marijuana initiative struck down by the state’s Supreme Court.

Republican Speaker of the House Philip Gunn said Monday he believes in the right of the people to use the initiative process to express their views on public policy.

“If the legislature does not act on an issue that the people of Mississippi want, then the people need a mechanism to change the law,” said Gunn. “I support the Governor calling us into a special session to protect this important right of the people.”

Local Republican Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth tweeted supporting a special session as well to address the issue. Gov. Tate Reeves nor Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann released a comment.

Mississippi Today reported Senate President Pro Tem and Republican Dean Kirby said he would not oppose a special section to take up the issue.

In a landmark 6-3 decision on Friday the Mississippi Supreme Court killed the medical marijuana Initiative 65 measure approved by voters in November.

The Supreme Court’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the City of Madison. The lawsuit alleged the initiative process should be voided because the Constitution requires the signatures to be gathered equally from five congressional districts which did not happen.

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Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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