Mississippi simply legalized medical marijuana. Here is what occurs subsequent


Congratulations Mississippi!

Initiative 65 was approved by the voters. Medical marijuana is becoming legal in Mississippi. Despite drastic efforts by Republican lawmakers to confuse voters by offering their own shell of a competing bill – Initiative 65A – the real-deal legislation cruised to victory with an overwhelming 74% of the vote.

Here’s what happens next.


To be clear, it’s not legal to own medical marijuana in Mississippi without a state-issued patient card. And the state is months away from issuing cards.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done first. The state must license producers and treatment centers (pharmacies). And patients must apply for a medical card by working with a licensed doctor.

When can I apply for a medical marijuana card?

Patients can apply from next summer.

Under Initiative 65, the Mississippi Department of Health must establish rules and regulations for the medical marijuana program by July 1, 2021.

The health department must then issue ID cards and licenses for treatment centers by August 15, 2021. However, actual cannabis products may not be available for purchase until later in 2021.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana?

Initiative 65 contains a list of 22 diseases that are eligible for treatment with medical cannabis. Those are:

Cancer pilepsy or other seizure disorders Parkinson’s disease Huntington’s disease disease Muscular dystrophycachexia post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) HIV / AIDS Chronic or debilitating pain amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Glaucoma of dementia An untreatable nausea of ​​muscle spasms in any condition a doctor will consider the benefits of using medical marijuana would reasonably outweigh any potential health risks

How Much Medical Marijuana Can A Patient Have?

Patients are only allowed to receive or possess no more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every 14 days.

Can local cities ban medical marijuana?


Treatment centers (as the new law calls medical marijuana dispensaries) must be zoned and treated like pharmacies.

Section 8 of Initiative 65 reads:

“… zoning ordinances, rules and / or regulations of a municipality or a county must … not impair the availability and the appropriate access to medical marijuana. The zoning rules that apply to retail pharmacies cannot be more restrictive than those of a licensed retail pharmacy, and the zoning rules that apply to other businesses that fall under the definition of medical marijuana treatment centers cannot be more restrictive than other legitimate commercial or industrial companies of comparable size and size Personnel company. “

The initiative also calls for a “free market” approach to opening treatment centers that sounds pretty similar to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program.

Can patients grow their own cannabis?

No. Growing your own is not allowed.

Is Medical Marijuana Taxed?

Type of.

Mississippi’s program has a “usage fee” of no more than 7%. It’s basically a tax that is used solely to fund the medical marijuana program itself.

The program will generate additional revenue through medical cards (which should cost no more than $ 50) and corporate royalties.

When do medical marijuana dispensaries open?

Next summer.

According to Initiative 65, licenses must be issued to treatment centers by August 15, 2021 – and patients must be issued medical cards.

However, it remains to be seen how many treatment centers will be operational by that date.

Can I consume in public with a Med card?

Negative. You can be fined up to $ 100 for doing this.

Can I get fired for using medical marijuana?


Nothing in the law requires “housing for medical marijuana or use [requires] any on-site use of medical marijuana in any public or private penal institution, detention center, training facility, or workplace. “

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