Mississippi Legalizes Medical Marijuana

On February 3, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, becoming the 37th state to do so.

In his announcement, Governor Reeves stated “There is no doubt that there are individuals in our state who could do significantly better if they had access to medically prescribed doses of cannabis. There are also those who really want a recreational marijuana program that could lead to more people smoking and less people working, with all of the societal and family ills that that brings.”

Under the new law, individuals diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, autism, and more, will be eligible to purchase medical marijuana.

Certain prohibitions are in place, such as not allowing dispensaries to be near churches, schools, or child care facilities. Schools, landlords, and employers are not allowed to discriminate against individuals using medical marijuana. The law also gives directives for medical professionals.

The law was initially met with opposition a few years ago, but Mississippi voters have turned the tide in favor of the legislation.

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