Mississippi marijuana ballot dispute: No ruling before vote

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will wait until after next week’s election to consider whether a medical marijuana initiative got onto the ballot through proper procedures.

Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed a one-page order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson a Nov. 6 deadline to respond to written arguments filed Tuesday by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. That deadline is three days after the election. Watson’s arguments originally were due by Wednesday.

Butler argued that the number of signatures gathered for Initiative 65 does not meet standards outlined in the state constitution. Watson’s predecessor as secretary of state, Delbert Hosemann, said the initiative qualified for the ballot months ago.

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