US: Mississippi becomes 37th state to legalize medical cannabis

Medical cannabis for certain patients with debilitating conditions is now legal in Mississippi after the state's Republican governor signed a bill into law.

"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," Gov. Tate Reeves wrote in a statement.

The legislation, which immediately went into effect after being signed, makes Mississippi the 37th state to legalize medical cannabis, according to NORML, an organization that tracks medical cannabis laws nationwide. The District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also have laws permitting the use of medical cannabis.
Those diagnosed with cancer, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, AIDS, Crohn's disease, autism and more will be eligible to purchase medical cannabis under the new Mississippi law. Patients must receive a certification from a qualified medical practitioner following an in person exam and obtain a registry identification card from Mississippi's Department of Health.

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