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Why Towns and Cities Opted Out of the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Program

Medical marijuana is now legal in Mississippi, thanks to Governor Tate Reeves signing the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act into law on February 2, 2022. Since then, various facilities have cultivated and processed the cannabis plant, and approved dispensaries have made it available to eligible patients. However, not every city and town has agreed to join the Mississippi medical marijuana program.

Not everyone qualifies to receive marijuana products for medical reasons. You may qualify under the program only if you suffer from certain health conditions, such as the following:

  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spastic quadriplegia
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Autism
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Chronic pain

Communities That Have Opted Out of Medical Marijuana

Several communities across the state have opted out of the government-approved medical cannabis program. Some cities don’t allow facilities to cultivate or process the medicinal plant but allow for dispensaries. Others want nothing to do with medical marijuana—they don’t permit cultivating, processing, or dispensary facilities.

Which Cities Don’t Allow Cannabis Cultivation and Processing?

You might wonder which cities have withdrawn their names from the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program. The good news is many towns haven’t opted out of the program, and some are considering changing their minds. Here are two cities that don’t allow cultivation or processing:

  • North Carrollton
  • Winona

Although you cannot cultivate or process cannabis under the Mississippi medical marijuana program in these two places, you can still find verified dispensaries to help.

Which Cities Don’t Allow Cannabis Dispensaries, Cultivation, or Processing?

The list of cities that opted out of cultivating, processing, and dispensing through the program is much longer. Whether or not you completed the application process and received your medical marijuana card is irrelevant. You can’t manufacture or obtain cannabis products in many Mississippi locations, including:

  • Amory
  • Caledonia
  • Horn Lake
  • Greenwood
  • Brandon
  • Clinton
  • Madison
  • Flora
  • Poplarville
  • Leland
  • Southaven
  • Ridgeland
  • New Albany
  • New Albany
  • Noxapater 

Why Might Cities Opt Out of the Medical Marijuana Program?

Many cities and towns have opted into the Mississippi medical marijuana program, allowing specific facilities to cultivate, process, and distribute medical marijuana for specific purposes. The question is, why would certain places refuse to join if the state legalized the program? Here are a few possible answers: 

  • Crime rate concerns. Cities might worry that cannabis will lead to increased crime, especially if facilities won’t have adequate security to prevent break-ins and theft.
  • Public safety concerns. Towns might also have concerns about public safety, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs.
  • Economic infrastructure concerns. When a new type of business enters the scene, it can change how money gets distributed and where people go for employment. Some communities might have concerns about their economic infrastructure if they open a medical cannabis dispensary or production facility.
  • Stigma concerns. Like it or not, marijuana use often comes with a stigma because of how new it is in the world of medicine. Cities that opted out of the Mississippi medical marijuana program may have done so to avoid this.
  • Employee reimbursement concerns. Some businesses enjoy workers’ compensation premium discounts for maintaining drug-free workplaces. A city might withdraw from the cannabis program to avoid jeopardizing this benefit in the future.

Locate an Approved LeafMed Dispensary Near You

Although many cities and towns have opted out of the Mississippi medical marijuana program, many allow cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensing facilities. You can still find places near you to obtain the medical marijuana products you need.

At LeafMed, we allow qualified patients like you to access a wide selection of cannabis products through our approved dispensaries. We can help you learn more about medical cannabis and answer any questions about the laws surrounding it. Visit one of our dispensaries today!