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MS Senate hearing dives into medical marijuana conversation and direction of potential program

By: Anne Summerhays - June 3, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee held a Medical Marijuana hearing where they discussed Initiative 65.

Legislators urged the committee to take into consideration the rules and regulations that come with the medical marijuana program as well as placing an emphasis on its medical use, not recreational.

The hearing featured four speakers:

Ken Newburger, Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer

Shari Veazey, Executive Director of Mississippi Municipal League

Dr. Larry Walker, Director Emeritus of the National Center for Natural Products Research- University of Mississippi  

Dr. Dobbs went into depth on the known potential harms of Cannabis (THC) and the information that they have learned along the way. MSDH has been working to implement the state’s program since Initiative 65 passed in November 2020.

Ken Newburger explained that though the Initiative was good from a patient perspective he recognized that there were problems from a business perspective.

Dr. Larry Walker presented the potential benefits of Cannabis, if a medical program was approved.

“There’s no doubt in my mind as a pharmacist as a pharmacologist that there are potential medical benefits of the medical plant,” Dr. Walker.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: