SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) — Governor Tate Reeves gave his assessment of how soon he will call the Legislature into a special session to revive the state's new medical marijuana program that died last month at the hands of the state's highest court.
"Next week is not likely, but clearly, it should be sooner rather than later," said Reeves.
The governor told reporters Tuesday he wants lawmakers to agree on a medical marijuana plan before he brings them back to Jackson to approve one since a special session would cost $30,000 a day.
A majority of justices on the Mississippi Supreme Court killed the program last month when they ruled the ballot initiative process, which is how voters approved it, was unconstitutional.
Reeves' comments came prior to a tour of the Ashley Furniture Industries plant in Saltillo, one of many employers trying to fill job openings blamed on the $300 a week federal coronavirus unemployment supplement.
The governor stopped that supplement over the weekend after hearing from businesses.
"We cannot have a full economic recovery until we get all of our people back employed," said Reeves.
The Republican governor added that public school students will not be required to wear masks when they return for classes later this year and they will not be required, at least for now, to get the coronavirus vaccine.
"I believe the vaccines are perfectly safe, but they are under an emergency use authorization. They have not been fully approved by the CDC and by the FDA," said Reeves.