Becoming a Medical Marijuana Patient in Mississippi

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Summary
Under Mississippi law, a patient may acquire, possess and administer CBD oil if they have a debilitating epileptic condition or related illness and have obtained a written order to treat the condition by a a physician who is licensed to practice in the state. The CBD oil must be at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC. Patients are not protected from arrest, but have an affirmative defense available if they are arrested for possession of CBD oil.

What's Legal
Patients have a legal right to obtain, possess, and administer CBD oil that is at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC for the use of treating a debilitating epileptic condition or related illness.

Eligible Conditions
The only condition eligible under Mississippi law is "a debilitating epileptic condition or related illness."

Application Process
There is no formal application process; however, patients must sign a "hold-harmless agreement" that releases the state from legal liability related to the possession and use of CBD oil in Mississippi.

Doctor
Only physicians licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi may write a recommendation under HB 1231.

Access/Caregivers
Parents and legal guardians of patients are eligible for the affirmative defense that is offered to patients.

Consumption
The are no restrictions on how a patient may consume CBD oil. Only CBD oil that is at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC may be possessed by qualified patients or their parent/legal guardian. The CBD oil must be obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and dispensed by the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Age Limits
The are no age restrictions under HB 1231.

Confidentiality
There are no explicit privacy protections in HB 1231.

Housing
There are not housing protections in HB 1231.

Employment
There are not employment protections in HB 1231.

Insurance
The law is silent on whether health insurance must cover CBD oil in Mississippi.

Out of State Patients
Out of state patients are eligible for protections, but only if they have a recommendation from a physician licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi.

Source: ASA: Becoming a Patient in Mississippi