Despite it’s conservative background, Mississippi is making progress when it comes to fair access to cannabis. Mississippi also has a unique history with cannabis, as Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) has been the country’s sole producer of federally legal marijuana in the United States.
Recreational Marijuana in Mississippi
While Mississippi is unlikely to pursue full legalization of marijuana any time soon, the state has actually had decriminalization policies in place since 1978. Under the decriminalization policies, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is punishable only by a fine of up to $250. However, repeat offenses and possession of greater amounts can lead to jail time.
Possession and sale of 30 grams and above is a felony punishable by jail terms ranging from 3 years to 30 years and fines ranging from $3000 to $1000,000. If sale is made to a minor (and that too within designated areas such as schools and churches) carries double fines and jail terms. The state of Mississippi also imposes minimum mandatory sentences on possession of recreational marijuana, the highest being 10 years in case of possession of 5kg or more.
Progress may be on the horizon in the state. Advocates are currently working to collect 100,000 signatures in order to get Ballot Initiative 48 in front of voters in the 2016 election.
Medical Marijuana in Mississippi
Medical marijuana is illegal in Mississippi, in spite of a very limited CBD law being adopted in 2014. As with most “CBD Only” laws, only patients with intractable epilepsy qualify for access to the CBD oil, which is provided by the University of Mississippi. The CBD cannabis oil must contain less than 0.5% CBD and more than 15% CBD.
Unfortunately, the state has gone no further in creating access to medical marijuana.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Mississippi
Cultivation of cannabis is illegal in Mississippi outside of the University of Mississippi’s tightly regulated programs for research and medical CBD.
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