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Is Medical Marijuana Legal In Mississippi?

Yes, medical marijuana is legal in Mississippi. On November 3, 2020, Mississippi voters approved a citizen initiative called Measure 65, which legalized medical marijuana in the state. On February 2, 2022, Senate Bill 2095 (the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act) was signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves as a follow-up to Measure 65. Per Senate Bill 2095, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is responsible for overseeing the Mississippi medical cannabis program and registering patients with qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana treatment.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Mississippi in 2024

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Make an appointment with a licensed healthcare practitioner participating in the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program for certification. The appointment can be attended in person or via telemedicine

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During the appointment, the healthcare professional will evaluate the person and determine if they have a qualifying medical condition. If the person is found to have one, the healthcare practitioner will certify them for medical marijuana use in the state's medical cannabis program

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After the physician's certification, the qualifying patient can apply as a patient in the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program online using the state's Medical Cannabis Program Portal. The patient must apply within six months of obtaining medical cannabis certification

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Once the Mississippi State Department of Health approves the patient's application, it will make their medical marijuana identification cards available within five days of approval

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Card in Mississippi

Registered medical marijuana patients and caregivers in Mississippi may legally purchase cannabis products from medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. For a person to qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Mississippi, they must be diagnosed with a severe medical condition by a qualified healthcare practitioner. According to Senate Bill 2095, the following medical conditions may qualify a person for medical marijuana treatment in Mississippi in 2024:

  • Cancer
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Huntington's disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Spstic quadriplegia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism
  • Pain resistant to opioid management
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Cachexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures

Can I Apply For A Medical Marijuana Card In Mississippi Online?

Yes, qualifying medical marijuana patients in Mississippi can get their medical cannabis cards online. After obtaining certifications for medical cannabis from licensed medical practitioners via telemedicine services, they can apply for their medical marijuana cards online using the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program Portal.

How Do I Register With The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program?

Anyone with a state-approved medical condition can register with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Patient. However, they are required to visit a licensed medical professional participating in the state's medical cannabis program, who will diagnose and certify them for medical marijuana treatment. Once certified for medical marijuana, they can register with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program Online using the state's dedicated cannabis program enrollment portal.

Do I Need To Be A Mississippi Resident To Get A Medical Marijuana Card?

No. Per Rules 15-22-2-2.51 to 15-22-2-2.54 of the Mississippi Administrative Code, non-residents can obtain medical marijuana cards in the state. However, they must have qualifying medical conditions and submit their applications at least 30 days before arriving in Mississippi. Mississippi medical marijuana cards issued to non-residents are only valid for two separate 15-day periods in one year from the date of issuance.

What Is The Cost Of A Mississippi Medical Marijuana Card?

As stipulated in Senate Bill 2095, medical marijuana patients in Mississippi are required to pay a $25 application fee for registry identification cards under the state's medical cannabis program. Payments are made online using debit or credit cards. Medical cannabis identification cards in Mississippi require renewal after one year, and cardholders are required to pay $25 for their card renewals. Also, caregivers are required to pay a $25 application fee when applying for medical marijuana caregiver cards under the Mississippi medical cannabis program.

According to the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, Medicaid participants applying for medical marijuana registry identification cards under the state's medical cannabis program qualify for a reduced fee and only have to pay a $15 application fee. Also, Senate Bill 2059 waives the medical cannabis identification card application fees for disabled veterans and disabled first responders. Persons qualifying for fee waivers must provide documentation from the social security disability benefits office or any other document that proves that they are disabled or receiving financial aid.

What Do You Need When Visiting A Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Mississippi?

When visiting a medical marijuana dispensary in Mississippi, a registered medical cannabis patient should bring their medical cannabis identification card and valid government-issued photo identification. Dispensaries usually check the Mississippi medical cannabis registry database to confirm the identities and registrations of medical cannabis patients before dispensing cannabis products to them.

Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana In Mississippi?

Before applying for a medical marijuana card under the Mississippi medical cannabis program, a person must see a medical practitioner licensed to practice in the state. The medical practitioner will evaluate the patient to know if they are suffering from a medical condition that qualifies them for medical marijuana treatment. A medical practitioner may recommend medical marijuana based on their professional opinion and issue the patient with written certification for medical marijuana treatment. The kinds of medical practitioners who are allowed to issue written certifications for medical marijuana treatment in Mississippi are:

  • Physicians
  • Certified nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Optometrists

Medical practitioners must be registered with the Mississippi medical cannabis program before they can recommend marijuana therapy for patients. Nevertheless, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) does not provide a registry of approved medical practitioners participating in the state's medical marijuana program.

Can A Minor Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Mississippi?

In Mississippi, a person under the age of 18 that was diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition can use medical cannabis if their medical practitioner recommends it. Physicians are the only kinds of medical practitioners allowed to recommend medical marijuana treatment for minors in Mississippi. According to Senate Bill 2095, a qualified physician must explain the potential benefits and risks of medical marijuana to a minor's parent or legal guardian before certifying them for medical marijuana treatment. Also, the minor's parent or legal guardian must provide a written note that:

  • Acknowledges the potential harms of medical marijuana treatment
  • Permits their ward to use medical cannabis
  • Acknowledges their role as a medical cannabis caregiver to control the patient's purchase and use of medical cannabis products

Can You Get A Medical Marijuana Card At 18 In Mississippi?

Yes. While minors need the permission of their custodial parents or legal guardians to apply for medical marijuana cards in Mississippi, adults do not. Mississippi regards applicants who are 18 years and older as adults. Therefore, minors turning 18 will be required to apply for their medical marijuana card as adults. As adults, they do not have to designate caregivers in their applications.

How To Renew Your Mississippi Medical Marijuana Card

Registered medical cannabis patients in Mississippi may renew their identification cards online through the Mississippi medical marijuana program portal. Before renewing their cannabis registry identification card online, a medical marijuana patient must visit a qualified medical practitioner to obtain another written approval for medical marijuana treatment. A qualified medical practitioner may issue a renewal applicant with a medical cannabis certification if they consider medical marijuana treatment to still be beneficial to the patient based on their medical opinion. Per Senate Bill 2095, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will approve or deny a medical marijuana registry identification card renewal application within 30 days and inform the applicant of their decision. A successful applicant will receive their new card via mail within 5 days of getting the identification card application renewal notification.

Can You Grow Medical Marijuana In Mississippi?

The provisions of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act do not permit medical marijuana patients or caregivers to grow cannabis plants at home. Only licensed cannabis cultivation facilities in the state may legally cultivate marijuana plants for the manufacture of cannabis products for medical use.

Does Mississippi Allow Medical Marijuana Patients To Designate Caregivers?

Medical marijuana patients in Mississippi are allowed to designate caregivers for themselves. According to the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, a designated caregiver is a person who assists one or more registered medical marijuana patients with the acquisition, administration, and use of marijuana products. Medical marijuana caregivers in Mississippi are required to apply for caregiver identification cards under the state's medical cannabis program. To qualify as a caregiver, a person must be 21 years or older and have no prior conviction for violent crimes. The state does not assign caregivers to qualifying patients. Each caregiver is allowed to manage a maximum of five medical marijuana patients at once.

Mississippi Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Mississippi does not permit out-of-state medical marijuana cards at licensed medical cannabis dispensaries within its boundaries. However, the state issues temporary medical cannabis cards for visiting qualifying cannabis patients.

Are My Medical Marijuana Records Private?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates patients' medical marijuana records to be kept private in Mississippi unless disclosure is required in the public interest. For instance, medical marijuana records can be disclosed to the cops if required by law as stipulated in the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Similarly, employers can request their employees' medical cannabis records for information concerning work-related injuries or illnesses.

Does Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana In Mississippi?

Health insurance does not cover medical marijuana in Mississippi.

What Is The Medical Card Limit In Mississippi?

A Mississippi medical marijuana card allows a qualifying cannabis patient to purchase up to six Medical Cannabis Equivalency Units (MCEUs) of allowable medical marijuana in one week.

Can You Go To A Dispensary Without A Medical Card In Mississippi?

A Mississippi-issued medical marijuana card is needed to obtain medical cannabis at a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

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