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37TH State: Mississippi Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana is now legal in 37 states, this is after Mississippi’s Republican governor signed the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act on 2nd February. Patients with certain debilitating medical conditions will be able to access medical marijuana from legal dispensaries in Mississippi.

Gov. Tate Reeves was happy to have individuals in the state gain access to marijuana for medical use and he believes that the state will do much better as a result of this move as he expressed in a recent statement:

“There is no doubt that there are individuals in our state who could do significantly better if they had access to medically prescribed doses of cannabis.”

Residents of Mississippi had also requested for a legal recreational program which the governor was very much opposed to. Without mincing his words he stated, “There are also those who really want a recreational marijuana program that could lead to more people smoking and less people working, with all of the societal and family ills that that brings.”

The new legislation took immediate effect, making Mississippi the 37th state to have a legal medical marijuana program in the U.S. Conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Mississippi include the following:

  • Cancer-related nausea and vomiting
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Chrohn’s disease
  • AIDS
  • Autism

To be eligible for medical marijuana, patients must be reviewed by a medical practitioner who will then recommend them for this kind of treatment. Eligible patients will receive certification and a patient ID card which they will use to purchase medical cannabis from a Mississippi dispensary.

Dispensaries must not be located in close proximity to schools, churches, or child care facilities. However, medical cannabis patients in schools or childcare facilities will be able to receive their medication while in these facilities. The new law prohibits discrimination of medical marijuana patients by potential employers, landlords, or learning institutions.

 

 

 

Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.