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Mississippi Submits Medical Marijuana 2020 Ballot Initiative

by Ella Young September 11, 2019

A campaign group known as Mississippians for Compassionate Care has proposed an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution which would allow medical marijuana treatment for Mississippians. Individuals with a debilitating medical condition could seek a certification from a Mississippi-licensed physician to obtain medical marijuana.

The measure defines debilitating medical condition as Cancer, epilepsy or other seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cachexia, post-traumatic stress disorder, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, chronic or debilitating pain, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, glaucoma, agitation of dementia, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, sickle-cell anemia, autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, pain refractory to appropriate opioid management, spinal cord disease or severe injury, intractable nausea, severe muscle spasticity, or another medical condition of the same kind or class to those herein enumerated and for which a physician believes the benefits of using medical marijuana would reasonably outweigh potential health risks.shutterstock_652117483

To get the initiative on the November 2020 ballot, more than 86,000 valid signatures would need to be collected through petitions and certified by the Secretary of State. On September 5th, 2019, Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 signatures to the Secretary of State. The group actually collected over 214,000 signatures, however only 105,686 of them were verified by county clerks.

Once the signatures are verified by the Secretary of State, the proposed amendment will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The amendment, if approved by Mississippi voters, would allow physicians to certify medical marijuana for qualified patients and also allow those patients to obtain medical marijuana in a legal and safe manner from Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers licensed and regulated by the Mississippi Department of Health.

The Mississippi Department of Health would regulate and enforce the provisions of this initiative in order to ensure safe access and use of medical marijuana for qualified patients.

Mississippi Medical Marijuana Business Licensing Details:
Vertically-integrated Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers
would be established throughout the state to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana for registered patients.

Application & Licensing Fees:
The Missouri Department of Health (Department) is responsible for licensing Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers through an application process. Reasonable application and licensing fees will be be determined by the Department after the initiative is voted into law.

Number of Licenses to be Awarded:
The initiative outlines that the rules and regulations developed by the Department shall not limit the number of licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers nor set the price of medical marijuana.

When Licenses will be Awarded:
The Department shall adopt final rules and regulations pursuant to the initiative no later than July 1, 2021. The Department shall begin issuing identification cards and Medical Marijuana Treatment Center licenses no later than August 15, 2021.

Zoning Requirements:
No Medical Marijuana Treatment Center shall be located within five hundred (500) feet of a pre-existing school, church, or licensed child care center. 


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