Who is eligible for medical cannabis in the state of Mississippi?
Medical cannabis is available to permanent residents and non-residents who have a qualifying condition. A non-resident can only be qualified for two 15-day periods over a 12-month period of time.
What are qualifying conditions?
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spastic Quadriplegia
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Sickle-Cell Anemia
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Agitation of Dementia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
- Diabetic/Peripheral Neuropathy
- Spinal Cord Disease or Severe Injury
Also qualifying is a chronic terminal or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain
- severe or intractable nausea
- severe and persistent muscle spasms including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
Who needs to have a medical cannabis card?
All patients and caregivers are required to have an active identification
card to purchase and be in possession of medical cannabis.
How do I apply for a medical cannabis ID Card?
- Schedule a visit with a physician, nurse practitioner, or optometrist participating in the medical cannabis program to be evaluated for a qualifying condition.
- Patient sees a physician, nurse practitioner, or optometrist in person. A determination is made that the patient has a qualifying condition. The practitioner completes the medical certification for the medical cannabis program.
- Within 60 days of the medical certification, the patient completes and submits an application to participate in the medical cannabis program and receives an ID card.
- The patient receives an electronic ID card for the time period specified by the certifying practitioner.
- The patient selects and purchases medical cannabis from a Mississippi Licensed Dispensary.
What documentation do I submit to the Mississippi Department of Health for a non-resident card?
Proof of diagnoses with a debilitating medical condition by a practitioner in the patient’s home state or territory. A non-resident may apply to receive a non-resident ID up to 30 days prior to arriving in Mississippi.
A non-resident ID is only valid for 15 days. After expiration, a non-resident may apply for renewal of the card for an additional 15 days.
This process is allowable every 12 months.
How do I renew my ID card?
A patient must be reevaluated by a physician, nurse practitioner, or optometrist participating in the Mississippi Medical Cannabis program to renew his or her card.
Where can I get medical cannabis?
You can get medical cannabis at a licensed cannabis dispensary in the state of Mississippi.
How can I take medical cannabis?
Medical marijuana comes in many forms. The route that is best for you depends on your medical condition. You may:
- Orally ingest tinctures and capsules
- Inhale through vaporizing or smoking
- Apply topically through lotions and patches
- Suppositories and nasal sprays are also available
Where can I use medical cannabis?
At your home or on private property.