Updated on April 26, 2018.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Mississippi Medical Marijuana Facts
The Mississippi legislature approved a very limited medical marijuana bill in 2014. One of the more frustrating medical marijuana facts for Mississippi advocates is that patients can only legally possess a cannabis extract containing no more than .5 percent of THC and 15 percent cannabidiol, or CBD. Only patients suffering from severe epileptic seizures are legally allowed to use these extracts. The law is so limited, in fact, that critics say patients can’t even realistically obtain the extracts.
Marijuana Facts for Mississippi
- The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation. A first offense possession of 30 grams or less of weed (about an ounce) carries a $250 fine. As long as the person being cited provides a written promise to make a court appearance as well as provide proof of identity, they will not be arrested. A civil summons will be given instead.
- This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have any detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific threshold. For more information, see NORML’s Drugged Driving (DUID) report.
- One of the more unusual Mississippi marijuana facts is that the University of Mississippi carefully cultivates Mexican marijuana for research purposes. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has named this lab the country’s one legal source of marijuana for scientific studies. It’s been operating quietly since about 1968 — growing, harvesting, processing, standardizing, and analyzing marijuana.
- The 2014 bill also expanded research into weed by authorizing not only the University of Mississippi National Products Research facility but also the university’s Department of Pharmacy Services and Mississippi State’s Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The bill was named “Harper Grace’s Act” after a child who suffers a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.
- Democratic state senator Derrick T. Simmons of Greenville introduced a bill during the 2017 legislative session that would further decriminalize weed. It would ensure doctors would not be penalized for discussing pot as an option for treatment, and it would also ensure patients who use medical cannabis would not be arrested.
- The bill would also substantially expand the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Patients with HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) would be able to access medical cannabis, as would those suffering from multiple sclerosis, wasting syndrome, severe pain and others.
- Patients would also be allowed to designate someone to be their caregiver, allowing that person to grow pot on their behalf. Under the bill, caregivers would be able to have three mature plants, four immature plants and up to 30 grams of pot in their possession.
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