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MISSISSIPPI MARIJUANA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As Initiative 65 was passed, November 3, 2020, the state of Mississippi Supreme Court decided to revoke the Medical Marijuana Program and place it on pause while they review and finish finalizing the program. My Marijuana Cards is here to answer as many questions as we can about what is happening with the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Program and when it will be starting again.

PLEASE VIEW A LIST OF FAQS FROM POTENTIAL PATIENTS ABOUT MISSISSIPPI’S UPCOMING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM.

No. To be clear: it is not legal to possess medical marijuana at this time without a patient card issued by the state. Patient cards will begin to be issued come August 2021 from the state of Mississippi.

Unfortunately, since medical marijuana is not federally legal, insurance companies will not cover any of the costs at this time. With federal legalization not far off, this could definitely be a possibility in the future once recreational use is approved in the U.S.

Any qualifying resident of Mississippi, may apply to receive a medical marijuana card (including minors;,with a caregiver). To qualify for medical marijuana in Mississippi, a person must have a debilitating medical condition defined by the state.

Only you and your medical marijuana physician who certifies you will know that you are a Mississippi medical marijuana patient, as this is protected under HIPAA. It is under the discretion of your employer to drug test, and will ultimately be their say if they recognize your medical card as a form of medication.

The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Initiative 65 does not affect an employer’s ability to restrict the use of marijuana by employees. You can still be fired for cannabis consumption if your job prohibits it. Please confirm with your employer’s rules concerning the use of medical marijuana for their employees

No. At present, there is no provision for home cultivation, and that is unlikely to change. Only medical cannabis businesses with a license from the Department of Health to grow marijuana can cultivate it.

Medical marijuana is treated the same as alcohol. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence, may result in an OVI.

Yes. Medical marijuana is treated the same as alcohol use in the eyes of the law. Anyone who is caught under the influence of medical marijuana while operating or being in physical control of any motor vehicle, train, aircraft, motorboat, or other motorized forms of transportation while under the influence of marijuana, could face criminal offenses as it is still illegal under the current law.

Patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in a 14-day period.

es, the state of Mississippi uses the name  Treatment Centers instead of dispensaries but they are the same thing. Mississippi patients will be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the state-licensed dispensaries called ‘treatment centers’ once they are open to medical patients in August of 2021. Dispensaries have to go through a very stringent and lengthy process with getting approval before opening up their doors to patients. Everyone that enters a Mississippi dispensary will need to be approved and be registered with the state by their physician prior to purchasing medical marijuana.

The number of dispensaries is undetermined as we wait for the licensing process to begin in August.

The exact location of Mississippi dispensaries has yet to be determined. As the state of Mississippi has not begun the dispensary licensing process. The bill has not stated a limit on how many “Treatment Centers” can be established, but we assume dispensaries will be located in major cities like Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, and Biloxi. No medical marijuana treatment center shall be located within five hundred (500) feet of a pre-existing school, church, or licensed child care center.

MMJ cardholders can only use their marijuana in a private residence. It is against the law to consume it in public. It is unlawful for any person to smoke medical marijuana in a public place. Any person who violates this subsection may, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).

Initiative 65 allows patients to smoke or vape marijuana and use edible marijuana and other products.

Home growers are not allowed at this time. All patients will be able to purchase from state dispensaries after they open.

A medical marijuana business, which is any business that has applied for and received a license from the Mississippi Department of Health to cultivate, process, test or sell medical marijuana. This may include: cultivation facilities (agricultural greenhouses where the plant is grown and harvested), testing facilities where the products are scientifically tested and approved, and medical marijuana treatment centers where patients can purchase the medicine.

A caregiver is a person aged 21 or older who is selected by the patient as someone who is authorized to obtain and possess medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries on behalf of the patient, as well as provide assistance with the administration of the patient medication.

Caregivers must be 21 or older, be a resident of Mississippi, and register online with the state after the patient is approved for their medical card. Also one who complies with the regulations prescribed by the department, and who assists with a qualified patient’s use of medical marijuana. A caregiver is prohibited from consuming medical marijuana provided for use by a qualified patient.

Currently at this time, there has not been a set limit but, the department may limit the number of qualified patients a caregiver may assist at any one time.

Currently at this time there is not a limit set yet. A qualified patient may have more than one caregiver. Though the state of Mississippi has the right / may allow for more or less caregivers in the future.

Your marijuana certification is good for a year. The certification shall remain current for twelve months, unless the physician specifies a shorter period of time, and shall be issued only after an in-person examination of the patient in Mississippi.

Within the United States’ federalist system of government, legal precedents have established that states are not obligated to enforce federal laws. Opponents of marijuana policy reforms sometimes claim that state legalization laws could be “preempted” or overturned by federal law, but scholars have rejected this argument. Eleven states have legalized marijuana for adults’ use, and thirty-three have legalized it for medical purposes. No federal challenge has succeeded in overturning these laws.

The Mississippi Health Department reserves the right to  remove a licensee or MMJ cardholder from the program if found in violation of rules. It can also deny, suspend, or revoke a license.