Mississippi

Is weed legal in Mississippi?

Medical marijuana will be legal in Mississippi in 2021. Cannabis for recreational use remains illegal. CBD oil with at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC is legal for patients with debilitating epilepsy. 

Cannabis is decriminalized statewide. Possession of up to 30 grams (1 ounce) of cannabis or 10 grams of synthetic cannabinoids is punishable by a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses and possession of larger amounts carry greater penalties.

Legislation history

In 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB 1231, or “Harper Grace's Law,” named after Harper Grace Durval, a young girl with a severe form of epilepsy. The law provides an affirmative defense to patients who suffer from a debilitating epileptic condition and their parents or guardians for the possession and use of CBD oil or resin that contains at least 15% CBD, or if in liquid form at least 50 milligrams of CBD per milliliter, and no more than 0.5% THC.  

CBD oil may only be procured by order of a doctor licensed to practice in Mississippi, and administered under the supervision of the physician. Only patients diagnosed with epilepsy or a related illness, or their parent or guardian, can buy or possess CBD oil. 

Mississippians approved Initiative 65 in the November 2020 election, which legalizes the use of cannabis as a medical treatment for 22 qualifying conditions. Patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. It set up a process for physicians to recommend medical marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions and allow those patients or their caregivers to purchase, possess, and consume cannabis medicine. 

The measure also required the Department of Health to set up the system and begin issuing patient ID cards and dispensaries licenses by August 2021. The state legislature had put forth an alternative proposal, Initiative 65A, leaving all the details up to an unnamed state agency while requiring it to seek the input of health-care practitioners in the program design. Voters chose the more direct path to medical marijuana legalization.

Where is it safe to purchase weed in Mississippi?

CBD oil may only be obtained from the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Department of Pharmacy Services.

Where is it safe to consume cannabis?

Qualified patients may consume approved cannabis-derived medicines in their home. Consumption in public is prohibited.

Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

Qualifying Conditions

The only qualifying condition in Mississippi is debilitating epilepsy or related conditions.

Frequently asked questions

What are the laws on possession of small amounts of marijuana in Mississippi?

Small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in Mississippi since the 1970s. Possession of up to 30 grams (1 ounce) of cannabis or 10 grams of synthetic cannabinoids is punishable by a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses and possession of larger amounts carry greater penalties.

When will marijuana be legal in Mississippi?

While we can't predict the future, we know that Mississippians can petition to have a vote on recreational cannabis legalization added to the ballot. Usually states legalize medical marijuana first, which is also true in Mississippi's case. Mississippians approved Initiative 65 in the November 2020 election, which legalizes the use of cannabis as a medical treatment for 22 qualifying conditions. Patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. The Mississippi Department of Health must adopt all rules and regulations for the medical program by July 1, 2021, and begin issuing identification cards and treatment center licenses by August 15, 2021.

This page was last updated November 4, 2020.

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