Pass Christian mayor, aldermen vote to opt out of medical marijuana business
The Pass Christian Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted to opt out of the cultivation, processing and sale or distribution of medical marijuana.
The mayor and board believe it is too early to opt in to permitting medical marijuana businesses to set up shop in the city. Pass Christian is the first city to come out publicly that it is opting out.
Gov. Tate Reeves signed the bill into law on Feb. 2, paving the way for marijuana to be prescribed to people with debilitating conditions such as cancer, AIDS and sickle cell disease.
The legislation 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. It also sets taxes on production and sale of cannabis, and it specifies that plants must be grown indoors under controlled conditions.
Pass officials said in a statement posted to social media that they would like to see how other cities in Mississippi deal with the issues associated with setting up the businesses before proceeding.
The mayor and board can adopt a resolution at any time to opt back in to the program.