Almost a year ago, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed medical marijuana into law, yet Magnolia State patients still can’t legally buy their herbal medicine. But that’s all changing this week when Cannabis hits medical dispensary shelves, reports WLOX.
Shop owners and medical marijuana patients are breathing a sigh of relief at the end of a lengthy process.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for so long — smoking marijuana legally,” patient Tom Goldman said. “I thought I would be dead before this day showed up.”
1,700 Patients Enrolled
Goldman is one of more than 1,700 patients enrolled in Mississippi’s medical Cannabis program.
For months, worked to get a card, waiting for approval and availability. The relief can’t come soon enough for him as he battles both Parkinson’s disease and chronic knee pain.
Sunday night, Goldman said the Mississippi State Department of Health activated his medical card and alerted him by email.
Local dispensaries on Monday and Tuesday helped patients get their information into the state’s data system.
“It’s An Extreme Relief”
“We weren’t really able to put people in yet because the cards weren’t activated,” Elizabeth Cavanaugh, owner of Coastal Capital Dispensary, said. “Now that the cards are activated, we’ve probably had about 50 people reach out in the last two days.
“We’ve had about 15 come by to get set up in the system,” Cavanaugh said. “It’s an extreme relief. We’ve been talking to people on the phones since November every single day and the stories we hear sometimes are heartbreaking but also hopeful because we know that it’s coming and now it’s finally here.”
Cavanaugh said Cannabis will be on the shelves and ready to sell as early as Wednesday and no later than Friday.
“The day we get our product in, we’re gonna have to spend some time categorizing, staging and labeling, so we’re gonna open up our online ordering the day we get product and then we are going to open the following morning at 9 a.m. for in-store purchases,” Cavanaugh said.
To register their information with a dispensary, patients must bring their state-issued medical card and Mississippi driver’s license or other current state-issued ID.