Lauderdale County to vote on medical marijuana

Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 6:01 PM CDT
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - People who live in Lauderdale County decided to get involved and pushed a petition to allow the issue of medical marijuana to be put to a vote.

Citizens got the required number of registered voters on a petition to let the people decide whether sales would be allowed in Lauderdale County outside the city, letting the decision be decided at the ballot box. County supervisors opted out but the reason might surprise you.

“We don’t have zoning or any enforcement outside of what’s in the bill itself of medical marijuana. The second, and maybe the biggest thing yet is, is when you buy something outside the city limits out in the county, those tax dollars go back to the state and do not return, unlike the city when you buy something inside the city limits, the city gets a portion of that sales tax back,” said President of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, Jonathan Wells.

The medical marijuana issue will be on the November 8 ballot.