Here is what appears to be in the bill.
A summary of what should be in the medical marijuana bill, whether in a special or regular session, began circulating on Friday morning as lawmakers received updates from legislative leaders of Mississippi.
While not a complete copy of the bill, it describes what lawmakers plan to include in the bill and what President Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann will share with Governor Tate Reeves as he considers calling a special session. in the coming days.
Y’all Politics has obtained a copy of the bill’s summary (shown below) and will have more details on the content later today.
Some of the main points are listed here:
General responsibilities of departments
MDAC: growers / processors / transporters / disposal
- Responsible for licensing and overseeing cannabis cultivation facilities, cannabis cultivation processing facilities, entities that transport medical cannabis, and entities that dispose of or destroy medical cannabis.
- The MDAC may enter into contracts with other government agencies and public or private third parties to assist the MDAC in fulfilling its powers and obligations under this Chapter. However, the MDAC is ultimately responsible for the performance of its powers and functions under this chapter which are exercised by any body or third party with which the MDAC has entered into a contract under this paragraph.
MDOH: tests / research / patient identity cards / practitioner registration
- Responsible for licensing and overseeing cannabis testing facilities and cannabis research facilities
- Responsible for the licensing process for medical cannabis registry identity cards for patients
- Responsible for registering practitioners
- The MDOH will have the ultimate authority to oversee the administration of the medical cannabis program and coordinate the activities of the MDOH, MDAC and MDOR.
MDOR: dispensaries / tax collection
- Responsible for licensing, inspection and monitoring of medical cannabis dispensaries
A municipality or county may make ordinances or regulations which do not conflict with this chapter, governing the time, place and manner of medical cannabis establishment operations in the locality.
No municipality or county can ban dispensaries that make their operation impractical in the jurisdiction.
- Entities to cultivate, process, sell or store medical cannabis should not be within 1000 feet of the main point of entry of the establishment to the main point of entry of any school, church or day care center. * There is a waiver process through the respective licensing authority.
- A dispensary, research or testing facilities can be located in any commercial area.
- Cultivation and processing facilities can be located in any agricultural or industrial zoned area.
A municipality or county may require a medical cannabis establishment to obtain local licenses, permits or registration to operate.
No dispensary may be located within 1500 feet of the main point of entry of one dispensary to the main point of entry of another dispensary.
Taxes on medical cannabis
Excise tax: on flowers / trimmings on cannabis cultivation facilities (tax collected by grow facilities and remitted to MDOR)
- The excise tax is based on the weight of the cannabis at the time the grow facility sells or transfers the cannabis product
- $ 15.00 per ounce of flower or garnish
Sales Tax: General rate of state sales tax on gross receipts or gross proceeds from each sale of medical cannabis (tax collected by dispensaries and remitted to MDOR).
Local government option
The cultivation, processing, sale and distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products is legal in all counties and municipalities of Mississippi EXCEPT:
- The governing authorities of a municipality or the supervisory board withdraw by a vote of the council within ninety (90) days following the date of entry into force of this law. The competent authority must publish a notice in accordance with the Open Meetings Act indicating its intention to hold a vote regarding the refusal to authorize the cultivation, processing, sale and / or distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products. . They may choose not to authorize one (1) or more of the following: the cultivation, processing, sale or distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products.
- If the governing authorities of a municipality or the supervisory board do not withdraw within ninety (90) days of the date of entry into force of this law, no vote of the governing authorities of a municipality or the supervisory board cannot be held to disengage.
- If the governing authorities of a municipality or the supervisory board withdraw, citizens can vote to withdraw in accordance with the existing referendum process.
- If the governing authorities of a municipality or the supervisory board withdraw, the municipality’s board of directors or the supervisory board may vote in favor of a return at a later date.
Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee of 9 members (3 members appointed by the Governor, 3 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and 3 members appointed by the President), established to advise the legislature on medical cannabis and cannabis products, patient care, services and industry.
- The article is repealed on December 31, 2025
Read the full summary below: