US (MS): County adopts ordinance regulating operations of medical cannabis facilities

Following the Lamar County Board of Supervisors’ decision to not opt out of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, board members have adopted an ordinance outlining the county’s permitting process for that measure, as well as identifying which zones within the county in which medical cannabis facilities would be allowed to locate.

The ordinance, which was passed at the June 23 board meeting, sets forth standards and regulations regarding the following facilities and their operations: cannabis cultivation facilities, cannabis processing facilities, cannabis testing facilities, cannabis dispensaries, cannabis transportation entities, cannabis disposal entities, and cannabis research facilities in the unincorporated areas of Lamar County.

“The purpose of the ordinance is to outline the county’s permitting process for medical cannabis, as well as identify what zones within the county that medical cannabis facilities could be located,” county administrator Jody Waits said. “It furthers the regulations from the state; we merged those together, and that’s what that ordinance does.”

The ordinance requires an owner or operator of a medical cannabis establishment must apply for and be issued a county permit for the operations of any facility of that nature. Applications must be submitted through the Lamar County Planning Department, which has the authority to approve or deny the permit.

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