US (MS): "We already have more than 1,800 applications"

Mississippi’s medical cannabis license portal is just shy of one week old, but over 1,800 people have already registered for online accounts to apply for licenses, the state Department of Health announced. 

“If you can shop on Amazon, you can probably work through the portal,” said Kris Jones, the director of Mississippi’s new medical cannabis program.

The program is still in its early stages, and leaders don’t expect medical cannabis to be available to purchase for another six months. “I know everyone would love for it to be up and running,” said Jim Craig, the director of the Office of Health Protection. “It looks like it will be the end of the year that we see products.” 

About 85% of those who have made accounts on the new portal are patients seeking cannabis treatment. But 15 businesses and nine medical practitioners have completed their applications, Jones said during a Monday press conference. A dozen people have also submitted applications for work permits, which are required for cannabis-related jobs. 

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