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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in MS

1BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

When we’re booking appointments in Mississippi, you will schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in MS through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.

2CONSULT WITH A MMJ DOCTOR

Consult with a doctor for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete and if you are approved, the doctor will fill out a certification form for medical marijuana. Once you have this you can then apply to the state. You will also be required to make a six-month follow-up visit with this provider.

It is important to note that MS patients between the ages of 18 and 23 will be required to have written certifications from two different medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) from two seperate medical practices to qualify for the medical cannabis program.

3GET APPROVED

Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In Mississippi, patients will need to recertify their license annually, unless specified for a shorter period by licensed physician. You will need to see a licensed physician again for recertifications. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Mississippi

Mississippi has been known for its restrictive medical marijuana laws. In 2014, the bill known as Harper Grace’s Law was passed, allowing affirmative defense for patients suffering from debilitating seizures for the use of CBD oil or cannabis oil with 0.5% or less THC in it. However, the law limits the use of this oil, which can only be produced at the National Center for Natural Products Research and dispensed by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This program came about in the first place because of Harper Grace, an adolescent who suffered chronic seizures—characteristic of the condition epilepsy— found relief from her condition using CBD oil.

According to the local NBC station in Mississippi, “A campaign for medical marijuana is more than just a ballot initiative, it’s another line of hope for some Mississippi families.” This was the case with Ashley Durval and her daughter Harper Grace in 2014. However, the legislation named the Harper Grace Law stalled for four years. In 2018 Durval admitted, “When we did the bill initially, I never thought it would take as long as it has.”

Citizens of Mississippi, the Hospitality State, voted to approve medicinal cannabis by a majority in the November 2020 election. They voted on both medical marijuana amendment Initiative 65 and Initiative 65A, with the latter allowing medicinal legalization for only debilitating medical conditions. The grassroots initiative, Initiative 65, will allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for 22 debilitating conditions. If Initiative 65A passed on its own, it would have banned cannabis smoking for medical cannabis patients who were not terminally ill.

Under the passages of both 65 and 65A, the Department of Health in Mississippi is responsible for developing regulations for the program. They plan on beginning to accept applications for medical cannabis cards in June 2022 for patients as well as applications for cultivators, dispensaries, processors, and other medical marijuana businesses. The MSDH anticipates that medical cannabis products will be available for patients in late 2022.

How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Mississippi

By June 2022, the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) plans on beginning to accept applications for medical marijuana patients and practitioners as well as for cannabis transportation and facilities for cultivation, processing, testing, and cannabis waste disposal. 

Minors under the age of 21 can only qualify for the medical cannabis program with parental or guardian consent. Additionally parents and guardians are responsible for controlling the administration of cannabis as well as its dosage. Minor patients will also be unable to enter a dispensary without a parent or guardian present.

The medical cannabis card application fee is $25 due to MSSDOH for the initial application and $25 for every renewal. Patients who are considered disabled veterans or disabled first responders who have documentation noting them as such, may apply for the application fee to be waived.

Caregiver Rules

Patients are able to designate a caregiver to help them with getting their medical cannabis from a dispensary. If you need more than one caregiver, you must submit information documenting that more caregivers are needed due to the patient’s age or medical condition. 

According to the MSDOH, caregivers must be 21 or older unless they are the parent or guardian of a medical cannabis patient who is a minor. Caregivers also may not have certain prior felonies or convictions. Felonies and convictions that can disqualify you from becoming a caregiver include:

A caregiver application fee will be applied and cost $25 a year. The background check that is part of the requirements for a caretaker will cost the applicant $37.

Qualifying Conditions

Though the state is still in the process of developing their medical marijuana program and its launch timeline, the medical conditions that are approved for medical cannabis treatments include:

Potency Restrictions

Currently patients can purchase cannabis oil containing only 0.5% THC under Harper Grace’s Law. When patients are able to apply to the new medical program and dispensaries are available, cannabis flower must not exceed 30% of THC levels and tinctures, oils, and concentrates may not exceed 60% THC. Additionally, all cannabis products from a dispensary must have a “notice of harm” marked on the packaging.

Cultivation Rules

Patients or caretakers will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis in Mississippi when the program begins.

Possession & Purchase Limits

Possession restrictions and purchase limits in Mississippi are calculated based on Medical Cannabis Equivalancy Units (MCEUs) instead of measurements such as grams and ounces. You may not posess more than 28 MCEUs of cannabis or cannabis based products at a time. This is equal to 98 grams, which is less than 3.5 ounces of dried marijuana flower.

Essentially you can purchase in a day up to 3.5 grams of flower, one- 100mg THC infused product, or one product containing 1 gram of cannabis concentrates. Additionally you are restricted to the following purchase guidelines:

In addition to possession and purchase limits, the following limitations also apply to medical cannabis program patients:

Landlords are not prohibited from banning tenants from using medical cannabis at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is medical marijuana legal in Mississippi?

Not yet. It will be legal after the medical cannabis program is established and dispensaries are in operation.

Low-THC cannabis oil (also known as CBD oil) has very low quantities of THC (no more than 0.5% in Mississippi) and does not generate the “high” frequently associated with cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for cannabis’ intoxicating effects.
Patients with cancer or a disease that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms sometimes use low-THC cannabis oil for treatment. Mississippi only allow forms of CBD oil that contain very small percentages of THC.

No. your right to own firearms has nothing to do with the medical cannabis program in Mississippi.

No. The medical cannabis bill does not require insurance companies to pay for your cannabis.

No. Employers in Mississippi are not required to allow patients to use medical cannabis and are able to require drug testing as a condition of employment in line with their normal business practices.

In MS, you will be unable to possess more than 28 MCEUs, or 98 grams of cannabis products at a time.

Yes, if you are an individual who has been a Mississippi resident for less than 45 days, you can register with the MSDOH to purchase and use medical cannabis in the state.

You must be certified to use medical marijuana in your home state as well as have a practitioner statement attesting that you have a medical condition that qualfies for cannabis in MS. You also must submit any documentation required by the medical cannabis program and can only register for a total of two 15-day periods every year. Each registration costs $75.

According to the MSDH, cannabis products will become available to patients in late 2022 to allow time for cultivation of marijuana in the state and required safety testing. As of August 2022, there are still no operational dispensaries in the state of Mississippi.

Places to Visit in MS After Enjoying Your Medicine

Mississippi, a fun state name to learn to spell, has even more adventure within its nearly 50,000 square miles of land and water. The Deep South State, bordered by Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and the Gulf of Mexico, is most famous for its river, titled after the region, and its Civil War history as a cotton-producing region. Locals and visitors frequently stop at the many monuments of the past and see other notable sights, including the place where Elvis Presley was born. Beyond the mainland is the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which touches the tip of Florida’s Santa Rosa Island. For those who need to take a trip to pick up CBD oil, stopping at any of the below best places in Mississippi will surely make the trip much more fun.

Ole Miss

Famous for football and life changing stories like the film The Blind Side, “Ole Miss” is the state university where dreams are born. The Oxford-based university touts Civil War cemeteries and hiking trails through Bailey’s Wood. The historic downtown square is where locals and visitors alike gather for shopping, food and entertainment. While in town, stopping at the University of Mississippi Museum is a must do if time permits.

Elvis Presley’s Birthplace

Born in Tupelo, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presely, will forever be remembered at his birthplace home. Completely preserved, the small home depicts Presley’s early life. The chapel that Presley grew up in was relocated to the property so patrons can peruse the pews that Presely praised the Lord in, being inspired to become one of the greatest singers of all time.

Natchez Trace Parkway

Scenic lookouts and historic landmarks cover miles of Natchez Parkway, the perfect route for a drive through Mississippi. For those who like to use different modes of transportation rather than ride in a vehicle, a bicycle route is available so patrons can exercise and sight ee simultaneously. The 444-mile parkway named after the Native American tribe of the Natchez also hosts hiking, camping, and horseback riding for those who would like to step out of the car for a few hours or overnight.

Data Last Updated 08/04/2022

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