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Jackson, MI — The Supreme Court in the state of Mississippi is under fire for a 6-3 decision striking down a voter-supported medical marijuana bill. The issue is not that the people wanted the medical marijuana bill, but rather how it was done.
In the 90s, the state Constitution was amended to require that signatures must be collected from five congressional districts to allow an amendment to pass. After the 2000 census, Mississippi lost a congressional district, leaving any constitutional amendment unable to meet the congressional district requirement. The requirement was not changed prior to this measure being placed on the ballot.
None of the judges that voted in support of striking down the measure said that it was because of the bill or the subject of the bill. It was for the process that was unable to be followed. The Supreme Court’s role is to uphold the law and the state’s Constitution, not to overrule and change it was many on the left may argue.
Which is exactly what one of the dissenting judges argued. He said that the Supreme Court cannot change the Constitution, but it can uphold the will of the voters. But that’s not exactly how the system works.
The majority of those voting in November 2020 wanted to support the measure, there is no denying that. The Associated Press reports that of the almost 1.3 million ballots cast, over 760,000 voters supported the measure. A large majority of states have medical marijuana provisions already. But the argument by the Supreme Court is that the rules of the Constitution must be followed.
Twitter immediately went crazy with those saying this was a direct disruption to democracy. Left-wing journalists are arguing that people are mad and upset about the measure, since so many voted in support of it. Again, the Supreme Court never ruled against the measure’s content, but simply in how the measure was passed.
If the shoe were on the other foot, the radical left would make the same arguments against conservative measures. In fact, it appears that one conservative supported measure could be at risk due to this ruling. In 2014, the state of Mississippi passed a voter ID law by the same process.
Since the process was changed in the 90s, only three measures ever passed. One was this medical marijuana measure, one was voter ID, and one was a measure dealing with private domain and property seizure. It seems imminent that some group will sue over the voter ID measure, as they should based on this ruling.
What is the greater concern is that the radical left is proving that they have no desire to abide by any Constitution or rules, whether it be state or national. They are not interested in the rule of law or appropriate process. They are only interested in getting their way.
The new rallying cry of the left is that anytime they do not get their way, it is an end of democracy. Add it to the list of their ridiculous arguments about systemic racism, equality, and more. The “end of democracy” is their new catch phrase and it will no doubt be used on CNN endlessly over the weekend discussing this ruling.
The will of the people should be obeyed and the Mississippi state legislature will need to address this issue. They will need to amend the Constitution to allow the amendments on the ballot to have a chance to pass. Then, the law should be passed the proper way, if that be the will of the people. While the left will support my statement to pass the law based on the will of the people, the same thing should be done for the voter ID law.
Perhaps the state legislature can find a way to amend the law and allow any measures that have passed to automatically become law without another vote. If they try it, expect the left to immediately begin attacking the voter ID measure.
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