Medical marijuana bill headed to Mississippi GOP governor
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are sending Gov. Tate Reeves a bill that would create a medical marijuana program for people with serious medical conditions.
The House and Senate on Wednesday both passed the final version of the measure, Senate Bill 2095.
The Republican governor could sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature. He has not said what he will do, but legislators passed it by a wide enough margin to override a veto.
If it becomes law, as expected, Mississippi would join the majority of states that let people use cannabis for medical reasons.
A majority of Mississippi voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in November 2020, but the state Supreme Court invalidated it six months later by ruling that the state’s initiative process was outdated and the measure was not properly on the ballot.
The bill says patients could buy up to to 3.5 grams of cannabis per day, up to six days a week. That is about 3 ounces per month.
The bill sets taxes on production and sale of cannabis, and it specifies that plants must be grown indoors under controlled conditions.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 36 states and four territories allow the medical use of cannabis.