Applications Open for Medical Marijuana Cards – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

The Mississippi State Department of Health began accepting applications for medical marijuana cards on Wednesday, opening the door for Mississippi residents to start buying legal cannabis.

Governor Tate Reeves signed into law Mississippi’s medical cannabis program in February, giving local municipalities 90 days to opt out of the program.

Adams County and the City of Natchez have each opted into the program, however, the city is seeking to limit the location of dispensaries to a designated medical district.

Patients who wish to obtain a medical marijuana card must go through a thorough application process that includes a background check, fingerprinting, and photograph.

Once an application is submitted, there is a five-day approval window for patients. All requests require the approval of a physician who confirms that the patient suffers from one of the following prescribed conditions:

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Alzheimer’s disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Autism

Cancer

Chron’s disease

Dementia

Diabetic/peripheral neuropathy

Glaucoma

Hepatitis

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Huntington’s disease

Muscular dystrophy

Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management

Parkinson’s disease

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

sickle cell anemia

spastic quadriplegia

Spinal cord disease or serious injury

Ulcerative colitis

Patients with terminal or debilitating illnesses or medical conditions that produce cachexia, chronic pain, seizures, severe or intractable nausea, or severe and persistent muscle spasms may also be eligible for the program.

Additional details on applying for a medical marijuana card can be found at Mississippi State Department of Health websitemsdh.ms.gov.

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