Medical cannabis advocates in the Magnolia state, rejoice: Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana during the 2020 presidential election. The MMJ bill easily passed by a wide margin with 74% of voters saying yes to Initiative 65. While the biggest hurdle has now passed, there’s still, unfortunately, a long way to go before residents in the state will actually be able to buy medical cannabis. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will first have to establish regulations for the program, which is expected to take some time.
The good news is that the MSDH is expected to adopt regulations for the MMJ program by July 1, 2021, and start issuing medical marijuana cards by August 15, 2021. In just a few months, you will hopefully be able to start the process to get your ID card to legally purchase medical cannabis.
While the regulations haven’t been established yet, some specifics were laid out in the amendment, which can provide a general guide for the likely process you’ll have to go through to get your MMJ card later this year.
Quick Guide to Mississippi MMJ
There will likely be three basic steps to getting a medical marijuana card in Mississippi.
Determine Your Eligibility: The amendment has already made clear which qualifying conditions will be required for an MMJ card.
Get a Certification from a Physician: Like other states, Mississippi will require you to be certified by a physician before you can get an MMJ card.
Register with the MSDH: The final steps to register for a medical marijuana card have not yet been finalized, but you will likely have to register with the government to receive your card.
How to Get a Mississippi Medical Cannabis Card in Three Steps
1. Determine Your Eligibility
The MMJ amendment has already outlined certain specific requirements for eligibility into the Mississippi medical marijuana program. In this amendment, 22 qualifying conditions have already been approved.
Along with having a diagnosis of one of the qualifying conditions described below, you will also need to be 18 years of age or older and be a resident of the state to qualify for the program.
Eligible medical conditions for Mississippi’s medical marijuana program include:
Chronic or debilitating pain
Epilepsy or other seizures
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
Autism with aggressive or self-injurious behavior
Severe muscle spasticity
Cachexia (wasting due to chronic illness)
Agitation from dementia
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Spinal cord disease or severe injury
Other conditions where a physician believes the benefits of marijuana would outweigh the risks
2. Get a Medical Marijuana Certification
Although the specific details of this process haven’t yet been announced, you will be required to get a certification from a physician to receive your MMJ card. This is common practice across states with MMJ programs. So far, the regulations state that you’ll need to receive an evaluation from a primary care provider who has a known relationship with you. At this time, the evaluation will need to be done in person. However, this could change in the final draft, particularly if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.
The final steps of the registration process still need to be clarified and finalized by the Mississippi government. However, you will likely have to apply or register with the government, whether only or by mail, to get your card. You’ll likely need to provide ID, proof of residency, and your physician certification with your application.
What we do know is that the price of getting your medical marijuana card has been set at $50. Once you’ve been approved and received your card, you’ll be able to purchase medical cannabis at a licensed treatment center. With your ID card, you’ll be able to get up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in a 14-day period. You’ll be able to smoke or vape cannabis, consume edibles, or use other cannabis products.
Interested in using cannabis as an alternative treatment? Get your cannabis card with a licensed physician.