Mississippi becomes 37th state to legalize medical marijuana


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Mississippi became the 37th state to legalize the medical use of marijuana on Wednesday – enabling a new form of pain treatment for residents suffering a number of severe, debilitating health conditions.

Under the newly signed law, patients can obtain up to 3 ounces of cannabis per month, or 3.5 grams a day.

Patients must be diagnosed by a licensed healthcare professional with any of the roughly two dozen qualifying conditions in order to receive a prescription for medical marijuana.

The conditions include cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe injury.

Cannabis can also be prescribed for “pain state in which the cause of the pain cannot be removed or otherwise treated … and which no relief or cure of the cause of the pain is possible.”

The legalization of medical marijuana in Mississippi comes after voters in the state overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to establish a medical cannabis program in November 2020.

But the earlier measure was invalidated when the state Supreme Court struck down the state’s entire ballot initiative process.

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Medical marijuana will be used in Mississippi for "pain state in which the cause of the pain cannot be removed or otherwise treated … and which no relief or cure of the cause of the pain is possible."
Medical marijuana will be used in Mississippi for “pain state in which the cause of the pain cannot be removed or otherwise treated … and which no relief or cure of the cause of the pain is possible.”
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