Mississippi Cannabis Business Licenses
WHAT IS MISSISSIPP'S CURRENT CANNABIS MARKET STATUS?
Cannabis is illegal for recreational and medical use in the state of Mississippi. However in 2014 cannabis in the form of CBD was legalized for patients with seizure-causing illnesses. Recently, two medical cannabis initiatives have been approved to show up on the November 2020 election ballot.
WHAT ARE MISSISSIPPI'S CANNABIS LAWS?
In April 2014, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB1231, "Harper Grace's Act”. This law allows for the production of CBD for medical purposes. CBD oil can only be obtained by the order of a physician who is licensed to practice in Mississippi. Administering CBD oil to a patient must be done by or under the direction or direct supervision of a physician. The CBD oil must be obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and dispensed by the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center." "Harper Grace's Law" would create more restrictive rules that exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical cannabis. In the beginning of 2020, after submitting well over the number of required voter signatures, Mississippians for Compassionate Care succeeded in qualifying a responsible and compassionate medical cannabis measure, Initiative 65, for the 2020 ballot. The initiative would amend the state constitution and permit patients diagnosed with serious health conditions to possess and access medical marijuana with the approval of their doctors. In March, through a process permitted by the state’s constitution, the Mississippi Legislature approved a competing medical marijuana ballot initiative, Initiative 65A, which would grant state lawmakers more control over key regulations. Both initiatives will appear before voters in November.
WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI'S CANNABIS LICENSING TIMELINE & CANNABIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
There is not a cannabis licensing timeline in Mississippi currently.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN MISSISSIPPI?
Cannabis has been illegal in Mississippi since the early days of prohibition in the 1920’s. However in 1978, small possessions of cannabis were decriminalized. In this situation, decriminalization still means that possession is a misdemeanor, however if it is a first offense there will not be jail time. In 2014, CBD was legalized for patients with qualifying conditions, however there were criticisms that the laws restricted access to purchase CBD since they were so strict on who could produce CBD. Now in 2020, two initiatives regarding medical cannabis legalization will be present on the election ballot this November. One initiative is to create a compassionate medical cannabis program, and the other initiative is trying to grant lawmakers more control over cannabis regulations. Essentially, these initiatives are competing directly against each other.
DOES MISSISSIPPI HAVE A HEMP PROGRAM?
ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE MISSISSIPPI CANNABIS MARKET?
Though recreational and medical cannabis are not yet legal in Mississippi, it’s always advantageous to stay ahead of the curve! Point7 has the resources and knowledge needed to ensure an applicant is prepared and stands out to application reviewers. Email today to schedule a call with a dedicated Point7 team member.