Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Mississippi, registered patients may access medical marijuana through licensed medical marijuana businesses that are allowed to grow, process/manufacture and/or dispense medical marijuana. On November 3rd, 2020, Mississippi voted to pass Initiative 65, which allow for the establishment of a medical marijuana program in Mississippi for qualifying patients to access medical marijuana through state licensed businesses.
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NUMBER OF MISSISSIPPI CANNABIS BUSINESS LICENSES AVAILABLE
Mississippi Medical Marijuana Business License under Initiative 65: The state will allow for an unlimited number of medical marijuana treatment centers. A medical marijuana treatment center is an entity registered with and licensed and regulated by the department, that processes medical marijuana, related supplies, and/or educational materials. A treatment center may engage in one or more of the activities involved in the processing of medical marijuana. The processing of medical marijuana includes acquiring, administering, compounding, converting, cultivating, delivering, developing, disbursing, dispensing, distributing, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, packaging, possessing, preparing, processing, producing, propagating, researching, selling, testing, transporting, or transferring
medical marijuana or any related products such as foods, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments.
Furthermore, medical marijuana treatment centers cannot be located within 500 feet of a pre-existing school, church or licensed child care center.
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ENHANCED OVERVIEW OF MISSISSIPPI CANNABIS PROGRAM
On April of 2014, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a limited medical marijuana bill (also known as Harper Grace’s Law), providing legal protection for the use and possession of CBD oil for state residents suffering from a debilitating epileptic condition. The limited program only allowed for the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi to produce the oil while the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi to dispense the CBD oil. On November 30, 2017, the Mississippi Department of Health announced the addition of autism and obstructive sleep apnea to the state’s limited program.
In 2019, a campaign group, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, proposed an initiative to legalize medical marijuana, was on the Nov 2020 ballot. Additionally, the Mississippi State Legislature passed Alternative 65A, a legislative alternative to Initiative 65, that also appeared on the Nov 2020 ballot.
MISSISSIPPI MARIJUANA TIMELINE
April 2014 – Harper Grace’s Law was signed into law, decriminalizing medical marijuana and allowing for limited access to CBD oil.
November 2017 – Autism and obstructive sleep apnea were added as a qualifying medical condition to the state’s limited program.
September 2019 – Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted over 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State for Initiative 65 to qualify to be on the November 2020 ballot
January 2020 – The Secretary of State confirmed Initiative 65 qualified to appear on the Nov 2020 ballot
November 3, 2020 – State pass Initiative 65.
*July 2021 – State shall adopt final rules and regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program.
*August 2021 – State shall begin issuing patient identification cards and medical marijuana treatment center licenses.
*Timelines are based on the passing of Initiative 65. The alternative initiative, Alternative 65A, had limited information included in the initiative language and did not provide a timeline to implement the proposed medical marijuana program.
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