Those who are supporting the legalization of medical marijuana in Mississippi have two big challenges ahead of them.
Besides having to convince this generally conservative state that legalization will not produce more harm than good, they also have to try to overcome a confusing ballot.
Because the Legislature offered a more restrictive alternative to the citizen-sponsored proposal, the question will be presented in November to voters in two parts.
First, they will be asked to say whether they are for either of the two constitutional amendments that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes; second, they will be asked which of the two they prefer (or find the least objectionable).
The format all but ensures some votes will be incomplete or cast in a way other than the voter might have intended.
Obviously, that was the Legislature’s desire by offering an alternative. Sowing confusion is usually an effective strategy to defeating a proposal.