Articles by Emily Wagster Pettus

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. …

Mississippi Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Medical Marijuana Initiative

The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that challenges the state initiative process and seeks to block development of a medical marijuana program. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the state Health …

Mississippi Supreme Court Orders Third Trial in Hyundai Wrongful Death Suit

The Mississippi Supreme Court is ordering a third trial in a wrongful death case, years after a jury told Hyundai Motor Company to pay millions of dollars to families of three people killed in a 1995 car crash. In a …

Mississippi’s Capital City Closer to Resolving Water Service

Running water has been restored to most parts of Mississippi’s capital city, three weeks after the majority of Jackson homes and businesses lost service during a winter storm that coated parts of the South in snow and ice. Jackson has …

Weeks After Storms, Water Crisis Continues in Mississippi

Frustrations are mounting in Mississippi’s largest city, more than two weeks since winter storms and freezing weather ravaged the city’s water system – knocking out water for drinking and making it impossible for many to even flush their toilets. For …

Mississippi Medical Marijuana Regulations to Take Effect in July

Regulations for a medical marijuana program in Mississippi will be in place by a July 1 deadline, members of the state Board of Health said last week. But they cautioned that it’s unclear how soon marijuana might be available to …