Initiative 65 has been permitted by voters. Medical marijuana will change into authorized in Mississippi. Regardless of drastic efforts by Republican legislators to confuse voters by providing up their very own shell of a competing invoice—Initiative 65A—the true deal laws cruised to victory with an awesome 74% of the vote.
Right here’s what occurs subsequent.
Is medical marijuana authorized proper now?
To be clear: It isn’t authorized to own medical marijuana in Mississippi with no affected person card issued by the state. And the state is months away from issuing any playing cards.
There’s a complete lot of labor that should occur first. The state should license growers and therapy facilities (dispensaries). And sufferers might want to apply for a medical card by working with a licensed medical skilled.
When can I apply for a medical marijuana card?
Sufferers can apply beginning subsequent summer time.
Initiative 65 requires the Mississippi Division of Well being to create guidelines and rules for the medical marijuana program by July 1, 2021.
The Well being Division is subsequently required to challenge identification playing cards and licenses for therapy facilities by August 15, 2021, however precise hashish merchandise might not be out there for buy till later in 2021.
What situations qualify for medical marijuana?
Initiative 65 features a record of twenty-two medical situations that qualify for therapy with medical hashish. These are:
- most cancers
- epilepsy or different seizure dysfunction
- Parkinson’s illness
- Huntington’s illness
- muscular dystrophy
- post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD)
- continual or debilitating ache
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- agitation of dementias
- Crohn’s illness
- ulcerative colitis
- sickle-cell anemia
- autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors
- ache refractory to acceptable opioid administration
- spinal twine illness or extreme damage
- intractable nausea
- extreme muscle spasticity
- any medical situation for which a doctor believes the advantages of utilizing medical marijuana would fairly outweigh potential well being dangers
How a lot medical marijuana can a affected person possess?
Sufferers shall be restricted to acquiring or possessing not more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana each 14 days.
Can native cities ban medical marijuana?
Therapy facilities (what the brand new regulation calls medical marijuana dispensaries) have to be zoned and handled like pharmacies.
Part 8 of Initiative 65 reads:
“…any zoning ordinances, rules and/or provisions of a municipality or county shall… not impair the supply of and affordable entry to medical marijuana. Zoning provisions relevant to retail dispensaries shall be no extra restrictive than these for a licensed retail pharmacy and zoning provisions relevant to different companies that fall inside the definition of medical marijuana therapy facilities shall be no extra restrictive than different comparably sized and staffed lawful industrial or industrial companies.”
Moreover, the initiative requires a “free market” method to opening therapy facilities that sounds pretty similar to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program.
Can sufferers develop their very own hashish?
No. Residence rising shouldn’t be allowed.
Will medical marijuana be taxed?
Mississippi’s program requires a “consumer charge” to not exceed 7%. It’s mainly a tax that’s used solely to fund the medical marijuana program itself.
This system will moreover generate income via medical playing cards (which ought to value not more than $50) and licensing charges for companies.
When will medical marijuana dispensaries open?
Subsequent summer time.
Initiative 65 requires licenses to be issued to therapy facilities—and for sufferers to be issued medical playing cards—by August 15, 2021.
It stays to be seen what number of therapy facilities shall be operational by that date, nonetheless.
Can I devour in public with a med card?
Destructive. You may get fined as much as $100 for doing so.
Can I get fired for utilizing medical marijuana?
Nothing within the regulation requires “lodging for using medical marijuana or [requires] any onsite use of medical marijuana in any public or personal correctional establishment, detention facility, or place of schooling, or employment.”