The use of medical marijuana for any health condition has been invalidated by a Supreme Court decision that invalidates the use of medical marijuana. However, some of the health conditions that medical cannabis may treat with medical marijuana include:
When fully active, the MMJ cards issued to Mississippi residents participating in the state's medical marijuana programs will grant the cardholders the right to possess and own up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. This card will ensure cardholders are not subjects of civil or criminal sanctions for their legal use of medical marijuana to alleviate any of the approved debilitating conditions.
Subsection 9, Section 4 of the Initiative Measure 65, the working regulations guiding the establishment of the state's medical marijuana program, fixed the validity period of issued medical marijuana cards to be one year. After a year, participants are to apply for the renewal of their MMJ cards, allowing them to continue participating in the state's medical marijuana program.
At present, it is unclear if Mississippi will include medical marijuana reciprocity in the laws establishing the state's medical marijuana program. Medical marijuana reciprocity refers to the recognition of out-of-state issued medical marijuana cards in Mississippi. If approved, it ensures the state's medical marijuana laws offer some protection to out-of-state cardholders. This protection permits them to use the cards obtained from other states to possess and consume medical marijuana in Mississippi.
It cannot be confirmed if the Mississippi-issued medical marijuana cards will be valid outside the state's territory because of Initiative 65's silence on medical marijuana reciprocity. If reciprocity is eventually approved, holders of the Mississippi medical marijuana identification cards will possess, purchase, and consume medical marijuana in other states.
The medical marijuana identification cards issued by theMississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will be valid in every county within Mississippi. There are no plans to differentiate the cards given to Mississippi residents in different counties.
Initiative 65 is silent on Mississippi recognizing the medical marijuana cards issued by other states.
Possessing a Mississippi medical marijuana identification card does not protect the cardholder from prosecution if they violate federal laws. For example, the decriminalization of marijuana in the state does not permit the cardholder to transport the cannabis to another state, even if that other state also legalizes medical marijuana. Transporting marijuana across state lines is a grave offense, and cardholders will face prosecution for such violations.