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US (MP): Cannabis dispensaries still waiting for product

On February 2nd, it will be one year since the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law, but as of now, dispensaries still do not have a product to sell. When they do, one dispensary in Biloxi plans to be the first in the market.

Coastal Capital Dispensary is more like a boutique store than a head shop. Owner Elizabeth Cavanaugh planned it that way. “We want people to feel very welcome and understand that this is a healing place,” she said. “This is somewhere you can come for advice.”

Cavanaugh moved into the store on DeBuys Road in Biloxi several months ago. Much of the downtime has been spent remodeling, consulting with potential clients, and stocking accessories while she waits for the actual cannabis to arrive.

That should be soon. Officials expect the state-mandated testing process to be given the green light by the end of this month. But the wait has not been easy, especially for a locally-owned operation. “We been actually moved in here since September,” she said. “So, we have all the overhead costs of running the business, minus payroll, and no income.”


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