US (MS): Hemp growers transitioning to MMJ cultivation

Jason McDonald and his husband Timothy Gibson might be well known for their Great Mississippi Tea Company, but the business is just one facet of their lives. The two spearheaded efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Lincoln County after the Board of Supervisors voted to initially opt out of medical cannabis. 

The decision to opt-out affected little other than delaying Gibson and McDonald from growing medical cannabis when voters in the County voted to opt back into the program. 

After the vote in August 2022, they started work on opening their own Medical Marijuana Cultivation facility. The business is called SADUJA and is separate from their tea farm but on the same property in East Lincoln. It was first licensed to grow Hemp in 2021 and, as of December 22, was licensed to grow medical cannabis in Lincoln County.

Hemp cultivation was first legalized federally through the 2018 Farm Bill and was later legalized in Mississippi in 2020. Medical cannabis has a wide range of THC levels, but Hemp had less than .3 percent and could not get a person high. 

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