Mississippi approved medical marijuana in November of 2020 by passing Initiative 65. The ballot measure passed with 67.9% approval. While dispensaries are not yet operating the state has set an efficient timeline of having business licenses and patient I.D. cards issued by August 15, 2021. Guidelines for the new market must be established by July 1, 2021.
Voters rejected Initiative Measure 65A, a more restrictive alternative to 65, which would have limited smoked cannabis to only terminally ill patients, and did not set possession limits or a list of qualifying conditions. Stay tuned for more updates as Mississippi's medical marijuana market develops.
Registered medical marijuana patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis.
Registered medical marijuana patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in a 14-day period.
Medical marijuana cannot be consumed in public in any way, and can only be consumed in a private residence or property.
Driving Under the Influence
Mississippi’s medical marijuana laws do not allow “a person to operate any motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or boat while consuming or impaired by medical marijuana.” The state would treat this at any other substance impairment.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Mississippi
I-65 covers an extensive list of qualifying conditions, including the following:
Qualifying Medical Marijuana Conditions:
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Agitation of dementias
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors
- Chronic or debilitating pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy or other seizures
- Huntington’s disease
- Intractable nausea
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Ulcerative colitis
- Severe muscle spasticity
- Sickle-cell anemia
- Spinal cord disease or severe injury
- Or another medical condition of the same kind or class to those herein enumerated and for which a physician believes the benefits of using medical marijuana would reasonably outweigh potential health risks
Additionally, the law is very inclusive, and also stipulates that physicians may recommend medical marijuana for any another medical condition “of the same kind or class to those herein enumerated and for which a physician believes the benefits of using medical marijuana would reasonably outweigh potential health risks.”
Initiative 65 does not specifically address the issue of reciprocity. Those guidelines will have to later be set by the Department of Health
Where to Get Medical Marijuana In Mississippi
Dispensaries are not yet open. Licenses will be issued no later than August 15, 2021. After that, crops must still be grown, harvested, tested, processed and packaged, so expect to wait at least until late 2021.
State laws do not allow for home cultivation of marijuana at this time.
Rules regarding medical marijuana delivery are yet to be established.