How Legal Cannabis Could Revive Southern Economies

On February 3, 2022, Mississippi became the 37th state to legalize medical cannabis, following in Louisiana’s and Alabama’s footsteps as the first movers in the Deep South. Mississippi constituents initially voted to legalize medical cannabis on November 3, 2020, with 69 percent of voters supporting reform, but the state’s supreme court threw out the initiative. On January 26, 2022, the Mississippi legislature approved the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, which Governor Reeves signed on February 3, 2022.

While 91 percent of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized for medical use, legalization in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama came as somewhat of a surprise. Many people in the industry thought these traditionally conservative states would never legalize, but it seems legislators have noticed the economic benefits a legal cannabis market can bring and are beginning to act upon it.

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