The application and licensing process is well underway. And officials expect Mississippi patients to be able to purchase products before the end of 2022. The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association’s Ken Newburger says products should be available by late November/early December, reports The Marijuana Times.
Melvin Robinson, executive director of the Mississippi Cannabis Trade Association, is even more optimistic. Robinson told Mississippi Today’s Adam Ganucheau and Geoff Pender that product could be available in Magnolia State dispensaries by October. Robinson appeared on Ganucheau’s and Pender’s “Other Side” podcast to discuss updates on Mississippi’s rollout of its medical marijuana program.
Medical marijuana regulators opened the application process for cultivators, processors, testing labs, and transporters in June. As of mid-August, over 100 medical marijuana businesses have received their license to operate.
It Wasn’t Easy For Mississippi To Get Here…
It wasn’t easy for the Magnolia State to get to this happy point. You see, the good-old-boy state Supreme Court stymied the will of the voters by invalidating their overwhelming approval for a medical marijuana law in 2020
Fifteen months later, the Legislature finally stepped up to the plate. Lawmakers passed a law of their own. It was not as good, unfortunately, as the one for which the people voted.
A huge majority of Mississippi voters — 74 percent! — approved a medical marijuana initiative in November 2020. That measure would have allowed patients to buy up to 5 ounces a month.