Mississippi: Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Possession and Cultivation Filed

Mississippimississippi State Senator Deborah Dawkins has filed Senate Bill 2318, a proposal to legalize the possession and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.

Under the proposed law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to cultivate up to seven plants (four of which can be mature), and could possess up to 30 grams of cannabis per plant. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and any chronic disease, condition or treatment that produces cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms. The Department of Health would be authorized to add additional conditions without approval from state lawmakers.

The proposal would also allow patients to have a designated caregiver cultivate and possess cannabis for them.

In July, a proposal to legalize low-THC cannabis extracts for seizure disorders became law in Mississippi.

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