Mississippi governor signs law allowing medical marijuana

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi is legalizing medical marijuana for people with debilitating diseases such as cancer, AIDS and sickle cell disease.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the legislation Wednesday and it became law immediately. It could be months before the first marijuana dispensaries open.

The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 36 states and four territories have already authorized the medical use of cannabis. Mississippi becomes the 37th state.

“For anyone who is touched in some way by a loved one or someone they know who benefits from medical cannabis, it allows them to regain their quality of life,” Ken Newburger said. , executive director of the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association, a group that has pushed for legalization.

A majority of Mississippi voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in November 2020, and it would have allowed people to buy up to 5 ounces per month. The state Supreme Court struck it down six months later, ruling that the state initiative process was outdated and the measure had not been properly placed on the ballot.

The Republican-controlled State House and Senate passed the final version of Senate Bill 2095 last week.

The legislation states that patients can buy up to 3.5 grams of cannabis per day, up to six days a week. That’s about 3 ounces per month. It also sets taxes on the production and sale of cannabis and specifies that plants must be grown indoors under controlled conditions.


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