Key political figures are charting different paths as they navigate the fallout of a state Supreme Court ruling that voided a popular medical marijuana program and struck down the ability of voters to directly amend the state constitution.
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said on Tuesday that he supports legislative action to create a medical marijuana program as a replacement for the Initiative 65 program voters approved last year.
According to video, Hosemann told reporters there may be some “urgency” to address medical cannabis. He is much less keen on quick action to begin the revival of the voter initiative process.
But as a policy goal, Hosemann does “support re-enacting the ballot initiative process,” according to a statement the first-term Republican lieutenant governor released Monday.
By contrast, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has openly called for a special session to kickstart the restoration of the voter initiative process, but has been silent as to his preferred course of action on medical marijuana.
A split between the positions staked out by Hosemann and Gunn echoes this past legislation session. Hosemann repeatedly championed legislation that would have created a medical marijuana program to go into place in the event of an adverse ruling on Initiative 65 from the court. The House, under Gunn’s leadership, took no action on this Senate legislation.