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Medical marijuana becoming a reality in Mississippi

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Mississippi will be joining the majority of U.S. states that allow the use of medical marijuana by its residents.

Almost three-quarters of the state’s voters approved Initiative 65 Tuesday, putting the use of the herb into the state constitution and its control into the hands of the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The proposal gained the signatures of more than 228,000 Mississippians to put the initiative on the ballot after years of inaction by state legislators.

Under the proposed amendment, doctors will be able to prescribe marijuana for a number of debilitating conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, glaucoma and more.

MSDH is tasked with implementing and administering the rules and regulations for dispensing marijuana.

You can read the entire proposal here.

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Mississippi says ‘yes’ to new flag design

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Mississippians said “yes” Tuesday to a new state flag.

In unofficial tallies, the new design garnered more than 71% of the vote.

The Mississippi Legislature retired the old design, which featured a Confederate symbol, in June. The governor and legislative leadership appointed a nine-member commission to decide on a new design to present to voters for a straight up or down vote.

Thousands of current and former Mississippians submitted their designs for consideration, and it took several weeks for the commission to winnow the choices down to one.

The voter’s choice will become the official state flag of Mississippi when lawmakers confirm their choice.

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Warren County machine vote totals

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With 4089 absentee ballots remaining to be counted, the machine counts are in for Warren County.

Donald J. Trump provisionally won Warren County by more than 800 votes, Kanye West received 40 votes.

Only 62 votes separate Mike Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith with the current advantage to the incumbent.

In perhaps the only surprising number, Brian Flowers received 750 more votes than Benny Thompson in the 2nd Congressional District.

T. Kenneth Griffis and Leslie King won the State Supreme Court votes.

All the election commissioners and school board members up for reelection ran unopposed.

Medical marijuana (Initiative 65) won 3-to-1

Direct elections (Initiative 47) won by 8,400 votes

The new flag was affirmed by almost a 4-to-1 margin

Once the absentee ballots are counted the Vicksburg Daily News will present the preliminary results.

Here are the exact votes and totals as they stand now.

 

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Warren County wants medical marijuana, direct elections and a new flag

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The new state flag

With all but three precincts reporting, the ballot initiatives results are clear.

Warren County voters sent a mandate for a new flag 5 to 1, direct election of officials 5 to 1 and medical marijuana (initiative 65) passed in the county almost 3 to 1.

Final numbers will be updated as they come in.

The statewide numbers are still coming in on these issues.

 

 

 

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