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Understanding the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act

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In February 2022, the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act (SB 2095) became a state law, allowing patients to receive marijuana and its derivatives as treatment for certain medical conditions.

The law empowered medical practitioners to provide written certifications and dispensaries to distribute cannabis products.

However, like many Mississippians, you may have many questions about the new law. Here is an overview from our team at LeafMed, one of the state’s licensed medical cannabis dispensaries, to help you better understand SB 2095.

Patient Eligibility for Medical Cannabis

Not everyone can receive cannabis treatment under the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program. You must first have a qualifying medical condition and get written certification through a licensed medical doctor. 

Qualifying Medical Conditions

According to SB 2095, the following conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment:

  • Diabetes/peripheral neuropathy
  • Autism
  • Agitation of dementia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Spinal cord injury or disease
  • Pain refractory to opioid management
  • Spastic quadriplegia
  • AIDS
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Hepatitis
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s
  • Huntington’s
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • PTSD

You could qualify for medical marijuana if you have any of the following ailments resulting from a chronic condition or its treatment:

  • Wasting syndrome or cachexia
  • Intractable, severe nausea or vomiting 
  • Seizures
  • Ongoing, severe muscle spasms
  • Chronic pain

Obtaining Your Medical Cannabis Card

Even if your medical condition qualifies under the act, you may not start medical cannabis treatment without obtaining a medical cannabis ID card available through the Mississippi State Department of Health.

To get your card, follow these steps:

  • Visit a healthcare practitioner who participates in the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program (MMCP)
  • Get diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition and receive written certification
  • Register your certification with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program
  • Apply to the program and receive approval confirmation
  • Pay for processing and card renewal fees

If you are not a Mississippi state resident or haven’t been a resident for at least 45 days, you can still get medical marijuana treatment. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act allows you to obtain an ID card if you:

  • Already have medical marijuana certification in your home state
  • Visit a medical practitioner to confirm that your medical condition qualifies under the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program criteria
  • Submitting necessary documents to the Mississippi State Department of Health

It’s worth noting that Mississippi doesn’t protect medical marijuana users from adverse employment actions. In other words, your employer could discipline or fire you for using this drug, even if it’s legal and doctor-recommended. Employers face no requirements along those lines.

Practitioners Who May Prescribe Medical Cannabis

Just as only qualified patients can get medical cannabis, only qualified medical professionals can legally prescribe it. Practitioners must hold state-approved licenses and go through an eight-hour course on medical marijuana, having five hours of training annually afterward. They must also satisfy the following requirements:

  • Assess the patient in person and verify that they have a qualifying medical condition
  • Believe marijuana would help the patient medically or as palliative care
  • Complete a follow-up appointment no later than six months after the patient begins medical marijuana treatment

Minors can receive certification for medical cannabis. However, only an M.D. or D.O. may provide the written certification.

Approved Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

What does the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act say about filling medical marijuana prescriptions?

Once patients obtain an ID card, they may go to an approved medical cannabis dispensary to access their prescribed substance. The state health department strictly prohibits patients from growing their own cannabis.

Dispensaries must follow specific regulations and hold state licensing to operate legally. The dispensary staff must have the same medical cannabis education as healthcare practitioners (eight hours of initial training and five hours annually) and obtain a work permit. The facility must also be secure, enclosed, and locked, ensuring safety and efficiency during the distribution process.

Get the Medical Cannabis You Need From LeafMed

At LeafMed, we’re a fully licensed dispensary according to the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act and state medical marijuana laws. Contact us today to learn more and get the medical cannabis you need.