I have said on numerous occasions that the vote means little to politicians anymore…..and Mississippi proves my point.
Recently there was an initiative that the Mississippi voter approved of the sale of medical marijuana…..a win right?
Maybe elsewhere but not in Mississippi…..
In a brutal loss for direct democracy in Mississippi, the state’s supreme court struck down a ballot amendment on Friday that legalized medical marijuana in the state. But the ruling didn’t stop there. Invoking a technical flaw in the law, the court invalidated the entire process for amending the state’s constitution by popular vote.
“The killing of our ballot initiative process means that Mississippi is, definitively, the state with the least democracy, the most restricted ballot access, and where voters’ voices matter least when it comes to the deciding our future,” said Ashton Pittman, a reporter at the Mississippi Free Press.
“The Mississippi Supreme Court just overturned the will of the people of Mississippi,” read a statement from Medical Marijuana MS, which organized Initiative 65 that would legalize the use of the drug. “Patients will now continue the suffering that so many Mississippians voted to end.”
About 73 percent of voters supporter legalizing medical marijuana, according to Pittman.
At the heart of the court’s decision is a crucial flaw in the process that gives voters the power to amend the constitution by popular vote. According to the law, organizers for ballot measures have to collect signatures from the five different congressional districts in the state. But since the 2000 census, Mississippi dropped from having five districts to having only four.
This is what you get when party politics is a decider on judges.
I continue to be a critic of voting as it is today…..
The people’s will means NOTHING to partisan politicians.
If it happened in Mississippi then it can happen elsewhere……..beware!
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