You must visit a Mississippi medical marijuana doctor to obtain a medical cannabis certification before you may use medical marijuana in the state. Note that a medical cannabis certification is not a prescription. You can find some of the state’s authorized medical marijuana doctors on a list provided on the MCPA website. Medical marijuana doctor appointments may only occur via telemedicine after an initial in-person visit.
It is a requirement for a patient to schedule a visit to a Mississippi medical marijuana doctor in order to obtain a medical cannabis recommendation in order to register with the state's medical cannabis program. The purpose of the visit is for the physician to verify that the patient has a qualifying condition. Upon determining that the patient will benefit from using medical marijuana to treat a qualifying condition, the medical marijuana doctor will complete and issue a medical certification, which the patient will use in completing an application to join the medical cannabis program.
Physicians (Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Medicine), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and optometrists who have completed the mandatory 8 hours of MSDH-approved continuing medical education are allowed to recommend medical cannabis use in Mississippi. However, only a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy may recommend medical cannabis to a minor (patient under 18) in accordance with 15 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 22, Subpt. 2.
Note that the physician or physician assistant must be licensed to prescribe medicine by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. Also, the nurse practitioner must be licensed to prescribe medicine by the Mississippi State Board of Nursing, while an optometrist recommending medical marijuana use must be licensed to prescribe medicine by the Mississippi State Board of Optometry.
Yes. The Mississippi Cannabis Patient Alliance (MCPA) published a Mississippi medical marijuana doctor list on its website for healthcare practitioners who have chosen to make their registration with the Mississippi medical cannabis program public.
On the medical marijuana doctors near me page of the MCPA website, you can find a list of Mississippi medical marijuana doctors near you. Note that this list includes the addresses of approved doctors but is not an exhaustive directory. You may also seek medical marijuana doctor recommendations from your primary healthcare provider.
Per 15 Miss. Admin. Code Pt 22, R. 2.9.3., you may only obtain a medical cannabis recommendation via telemedicine after an initial in-person visit to the certifying physician. Telemedicine appointments can be conducted from anywhere with an internet connection, which can save patients significant time and travel expenses. This is especially beneficial for patients who reside in rural areas or who have difficulty traveling.
A medical marijuana doctor may not recommend to a patient more than a total of 6 MMCEUs (Mississippi Medical Cannabis Equivalency Units) of medical cannabis in 1 week. Also, no more than 24 MMCEUs may be recommended for purchase over a rolling period of 30 days. Possession limits are allowed to reach up to 28 MMCEUs, but there are no limits on non-consumable products such as topicals.
A non-Mississippi resident with a valid medical marijuana card may not be allowed to purchase more than 12 MMCEUs over a rolling 15-day period. Note that 1 MMCEU equals 1 gram of medical cannabis concentrates, 3.5 grams of medical cannabis flower, or 100 milligrams of THC in an infused medical cannabis product.