US: Medical cannabis legal now in Mississippi

Medical cannabis is now legal in Mississippi as the state law took effect on July 1, the Oxford Eagle reports. While the program is not yet operational, Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program Director Kris Jones told the Eagle that dispensaries and other facilities would open later this year. 

“We anticipate that it will probably be the end of the calendar year before there is a legal product that is available through the dispensaries, and that is because businesses have to get established, they have to hire, and they have to get crops in the ground,” said Jones to the Eagle 

The state’s medical cannabis law covers individuals with cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, terminal illness, and debilitating medical conditions that cause cachexia, chronic pain, seizures, severe or intractable nausea, or severe and persistent muscle spasms. 

The Mississippi Department of Health began accepting operator applications on June 1, and the agency will start reviewing many of those applications next week. Those who wish to work in the industry must be 21 or older and complete a background check and fingerprinting to apply. 

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