Articles by Emily Wagster Pettus

Mississippi State Dept. of Health Officer: Medical Marijuana Regulation a Concern

The Mississippi state health officer said that he’s concerned about how the Health Department would receive money for its part in licensing and regulating a proposed medical marijuana program. Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some regulatory programs, such as restaurant inspections, …

Mississippi Legislative Negotiators Reach Medical Marijuana Proposal

Mississippi House and Senate negotiators said that they have agreed on a proposed medical marijuana program. Leaders are expected to ask Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call the Legislature into session to put the plan into law. The step comes …

Mississippi Approaches Record COVID Hospitalizations

Mississippi is approaching its record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations as the virus continues spreading rapidly in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. The state Health Department reported Tuesday that 1,410 patients with confirmed cases …

Mississippi ICU Capacity ‘Extinguished’ by Latest COVID Spike

Mississippi’s top public health official said that intensive care units are filling up in some hospitals and COVID-19 outbreaks are expanding in nursing homes as the delta variant of the virus continues to spread rapidly. “We are seeing more and …

Mississippi Health Official: State Seeing Rapid Increase in July COVID-19 Cases

Mississippi’s top public health official said Monday that the state is seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in July. “4th wave is here,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, wrote on Twitter. The Mississippi State Department of Health …

Mississippi Governor Urges Medical Marijuana Law After Court Nixes Ballot Measure

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants legislators to put a medical marijuana program into state law after the state Supreme Court recently overturned one that voters approved. “I support the will of the voters. … I think we will …

Mississippi Residents Call for Special Session on Medical Marijuana at Capitol Protest

People protested Tuesday near the Mississippi Capitol and the state Supreme Court building to demand that Gov. Tate Reeves call legislators into special session to restore a medical marijuana initiative that voters approved in November and that justices recently overturned. …

Mississippi Supreme Court Kills Voter-Backed Medical Marijuana Initiative

Mississippi will remain in the minority of states without a medical marijuana program after the state Supreme Court on Friday overturned an initiative that voters approved last fall – a decision that also limits other citizen-led efforts to put issues …

More Water Woes for Mississippi Capital City After Fire at Water Treatment Center

Water pressure dropped Friday in Mississippi’s capital city after a fire broke out at one of Jackson’s two water treatment plants. The Jackson public works director, Charles Williams, said the fire started about 3:30 a.m. in a control panel, and …

Mississippi Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Marijuana Program

The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that’s trying to block a voter-approved medical marijuana program by disputing how the issue got onto the ballot. Arguments were not about marijuana. Instead, they were about Mississippi’s initiative process. …