Status: In Mississippi, qualifying patients may use and possess medical marijuana. State licensed business may cultivate, process, and dispense marijuana for registered patients.
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Mississippi Proposed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center License Guidelines
Medical marijuana business licensing details proposed by the Mississippi Medical Marijuana 2020 ballot initiative:
“Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” – shall mean an entity that is registered with and licensed and regulated by the department and 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 application and license fees will be determined for all license types if the initiative is passed into law.
- The department shall adopt final rules and regulations pursuant to this article no later than July 1, 2021. The rules and regulations may not limit the number of medical marijuana treatment centers.
- The department shall begin issuing identification cards and treatment center licenses no later than August 15, 2021.
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The History of Mississippi Marijuana Business Licenses Marijuana
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a limited medical marijuana bill also known as Harper Grace’s Law on April 17, 2014. The law allows for state residents suffering from a debilitating epileptic condition a legal protection for the use and possession of CBD oil, a marijuana extract. The law only allows for the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi to produce and 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 medical marijuana program. Starting July 1, 2018, patients who suffer from these conditions will be eligible to apply for the program.
A campaign group known as Mississippians for Compassionate Care proposed a 2020 ballot initiative to legalize a medical marijuana program in the state. Initiative 65 qualified for the November 2020 ballot and was filed with the Mississippi State Legislature on January 7, 2020. Proponents of the measure submitted more than 214,000 signatures in September, of which, 105,686 were found to be valid. To qualify for the ballot, 86,185 valid signatures were required.
The Mississippi State Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 39 as a legislative alternative to the initiative, which appeared on the ballot as Alternative 65A. The legislature’s alternative was less robust. It restricted smoking to only terminally ill patients and did not define qualifying conditions, tax rates, possession limits, or the licensing structure for a regulated dispensing system. Details would be decided by the legislature if voters passed it into law.
On November 3, 2020, Mississippi voters successfully legalized a medical cannabis program for the state. Measure 1 was split up into two parts for voters to respond to. The first question of whether Mississippi should allow medical marijuana passed with 66.84% voting in favor of legalization. The second question of whether Initiative No. 65 or Initiative No. 65A should be enacted the establish a medical cannabis program passed with 73.39% voting in favor of Initiative No. 65, the more comprehensive initiative backed by Mississippians for Compassionate Care.
Tentative Program Timeline:
April 17, 2014 – Mississippi governor signed a limited medical marijuana bill, Harper Grace’s Law
November 30, 2017 – the Mississippi Department of Health announced the addition of autism and obstructive sleep apnea to the state’s limited medical marijuana program
July 1, 2018 – patients who suffer from the above conditions can now eligible to apply for the program
September 5, 2019 – the campaign group submitted more than 105,000 signatures verified by local clerks to the Secretary of State to qualify it for the November 2020 ballot
January 7, 2020 – the amendment qualified for the 2020 ballot and was filed with the Mississippi State Legislature
November 3, 2020 – Voters passed Initiative 65, legalizing a medical marijuana program.
July 1, 2021 – The department shall adopt final rules and regulations to govern the new program.
August 15, 2021 – The department shall begin issuing identification cards and treatment center licenses.