The first crop of medical cannabis is being harvested in Mississippi after the state’s Medical Cannabis Act was passed during the latest general assembly. For growers like Todd Franklin, it’s been a long road to get to this harvest.
In the course of around ten months, Franklin has gone from a vacant lot on his property outside of Batesville to 6,000 square feet of growing space. “It’s been smooth sailing so far,” Franklin said. Franklin and the company he co-owns, One Source Products LLC, is now just a few weeks away from sending what’s growing in their facility to dispensary shelves.
What’s next is having the cannabis tested by a lab. “They’ll come out and take samples,” Franklin said. “They’ll send it up to the lab. The lab will test our samples and send us back a report, saying the THC level and the CBD level of every strain we have.” Testing labs are very few in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) reports only three labs have been licensed in the state, and only six transportation companies have been licensed to move the cannabis from growing sites to dispensaries. The concern is that this will cause a bottlenecking of products from the 58 growers like Franklin.
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