Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi House would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice. Rep, Joel Bomgar (R-Madison) introduced House Bill 390 (HB390) on Jan. 5. Under the proposed law, industrial hemp would be treated as an agricultural…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 5, 2018) – Two bills introduced in the Mississippi House would outlaw abortion in the state and impose criminal penalties on physicians who illegally perform them, nullifying the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Rep. Dan Eubanks (R-Walls) introduced House Bill 45 (HB45) on Jan. 2. Under the proposed law, “anyone who purposefully,…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 3, 2017) –  A bill introduced in the Mississippi House would legalize limited raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Rep. Dan Eubanks (R-Walls) introduced House Bill 12 (HB12) on Jan. 2. The legislation would legalize raw milk sales direct from…

JACKSON, Miss. (April 30, 2017) – Instead of passing comprehensive asset forfeiture reform that would have also closed a loophole allowing police to circumvent more stringent state laws by passing cases to the feds, Mississippi took a very small step forward and enacted a modest measure increasing asset forfeiture transparency. The Mississippi legislature passed, and…

JACKSON, Miss. (Apr. 4, 2017) – Last week, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that many have claimed will “outlaw sanctuary cities” in the state. However, a closer reading of the bill shows it does not. Sen. Sean Tindell (R-Gulfport) sponsored Senate Bill 2719 (SB2710). As originally introduced, it would have banned so-called sanctuary policies on a…

The city of Bay St. Louis, Miss., provides us with a $300,000 lesson on why the widespread use of asset forfeiture at a local, state, and federal level needs to end. That is the amount the city must repay the Federal Department of Justice after an investigation concluded the city misspent drug forfeiture money. According…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 29, 2016) – A Mississippi bill would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, nullifying in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. It is accompanied by legislation to fully decriminalize marijuana as well. Introduced by Sen. Derrick T. Simmons (D-Greenville), Senate Bill 2378 (SB2378) would “ensure that physicians…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 23, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi Senate would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most…