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.
With Post wires