Is Weed Legal in Mississippi?

Is Medicinal Marijuana Legal in Mississippi? Is Recreational Weed Legal in Mississippi? What about CBD?

Named after the Mississippi River in Jackson (the capital of Mississippi) and nicknamed The Magnolia State. Well known for their delicious home cooked meals with fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread being the mainstays of a classic Mississippi cuisine.

In recent years and specifically 2021, medicinal marijuana has been the forefront of news for the state of Mississippi. Their journey towards further legalisation starts here.

Is Recreational Marijuana Legal in Mississippi?

Unfortunately, recreational weed is not legal in the state of Mississippi. However has fortunately been decriminalised statewide. This is akin to surrounding states.

Possession of up to a single ounce of weed or 1/3 of an ounce of synthetic cannabinoids may incur a fine of $100 to $250 based off of the first offence. However, as the offence repeats or the amount of marijuana found on a individual is greater than this amount – it carries a greater penalty.

The sales and cultivation of marijuana is deemed as a felony and will incur serious penalties. Selling over 2.2pounds of marijuana subjects an individual to approximately 30 years in prison and is accompanied by a one million dollar fine.

Is Medicinal Marijuana Legal in Mississippi?

As of 2021, medicinal weed will be legal! However, as stated before, personal/recreational consumption of marijuana will remain illegal. Marijuana in small doses is commonly known to treat differing conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and epilepsy. The most common form of medical marijuana is concentrated CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and is diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil.

In Mississippi, CBD oil with at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC is legal for use for patients with epilepsy. To obtain this CBD you must be a resident of Mississippi diagnosed with a debilitating epileptic condition. You are legally required to obtain your personal medical records and confirmed documents on your medical condition. These written documents must come from a licensed physician in Mississippi. After this is completed you are then able to apply for your medical marijuana card.

Medicinal treatment facilities are not permitted to provide a qualified patient more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana. And this is during the time of a fortnightly period. Along with this, no qualified patient is allowed to possess more than the 2.5 ounces to prepare ointments, tinctures or other products.

Qualified individuals are allowed to consumer approved cannabis-derived medicines in their homes. However, consumption in public is purely prohibited.

This medical marijuana law came into play in 2014. "Harper Grace's Law" signed by Gov. Phil Bryant provides an affirmative defence to patients with an epileptic condition for the possession and use of CBD oil. Initiative 65 was approved in November, 2020 which legalised the medical treatment for 22 qualifying conditions. This law required the Department of Health to being issuing patient ID cards and organisations dispensary licenses by August 2021.

CBD Oil Dispensaries

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University of Mississippi Medical Centre's Department of Pharmacy Services is where CBD oil can be obtained from. It can only be accessed through the Natural Product Laboratory at the University. As on right now, the purchase of medical cannabis is illegal until after August, 2021.

Qualifying Conditions for a Medical ID

Following are the 22 medical conditions that are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana ID.

  1. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  2. Autism with aggressive behaviours
  3. Cachexia
  4. Cancer
  5. Crohn's disease
  6. Dementia-related agitation
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Glaucoma
  10. Huntington's disease
  11. Intractable nausea
  12. Intractable seizures
  13. Multiple sclerosis and/or severe muscle spasticity
  14. Neuropathies (chronic nerve pain)
  15. Opioid management
  16. Parkinson's disease
  17. Post-traumatic stress disorder
  18. Severe chronic or intractable pain
  19. Spinal cord damage
  20. Sickle cell aneamia
  21. Terminally illness
  22. Ulcerative colitis

The Future of Legalisation

is weed legal is mississippi

With the current trends in marijuana legalisation, the question of "Is Weed Legal in Mississippi?" may change drastically over the next few years. With the growing popularity and decreased stigma against the drug, it is likely that Mississippi will follow the footsteps of other US states. This is in light with the current legalisation of medical marijuana for over 22 qualifying conditions.

It produces jobs and an industry right there in the state because the medical marijuana has be grown here in Mississippi, It's going to create jobs for sure.Jamie Grantham, Communications director for Mississippians for Compassionate Care

With more and more Mississippi residents coming to understand the benefits of medical marijuana, the push for its legalisation has slowly gained traction in the community. More medical marijuana dispensaries mean more jobs and a boost in the Mississippi economy.

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Catherine Phung
Catherine Phung

Catherine Phung is a full time university student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Marketing at UNSW. Catherine has interests in baking, powerlifting and is venturing into research within the cannabis industry.