Rumors, Myths, and Truth Regarding Medical Cannabis in Mississippi

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If you're a patient or caregiver seeking reliable information about medical cannabis in Mississipi, it's not always easy find clear and accurate answers. Here, we'll give you clear, reliable answers and clarifications on the issues that matter most to you.

The decision is final once a municipality or county opts out of the program

FALSE. If a city council or board of aldermen in a municipality or county vote to opt-out of the medical cannabis program, the citizens in that jurisdiction can force an opt-in through a special election. The MCPA has participated in petition efforts for those that have already opted-out. More information can be found here.

I hear that some illnesses are not covered under the new medical cannabis law. Is that true?

TRUE: A wide range of debilitating illnesses are covered where medical cannabis is proven to be most effective, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, epilepsy, and chronic pain. However, not every condition is covered under the law. Follow our FAQ’s for more information on what illnesses are covered, and how to become a qualified medical cannabis patient.

There is a rumor that medical cannabis cultivators and dispensaries will be allowed to buy or lease property and open for business near my church or my child’s school. Is this true?

FALSE. While municipalities that opt into the medical cannabis program will operate within city or town limits, the new law and state regulations have guidelines on how far away a medical cannabis entity can be to a church, school, or day care.

I hear that this makes marjuana legal in Mississippi, particularly for recreational use. Is that true?

FALSE. Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Mississippi, and no changes to local or state law regarding its legality have been changed. You can still get arrested for possession and distribution of marijuana. If you are a patient or a caregiver for a patient, follow the state regulations regarding the legal medical cannabis program. More information can be found here.

I have more questions regarding my access to medical cannabis. Where do I go to get my questions answered?

RIGHT HERE! The Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance is Mississippi’s most trusted patient advocacy alliance for medical cannabis patients. Contact us here, and we will reach out to you and help answer your questions.