How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Mississippi
Mississippi recently passed the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act in early 2022. Because this legislation is new, it naturally takes time to stand up the infrastructure and begin the growing process to create the amount of medical cannabis that is in demand for various therapeutic treatments. However, the process to begin applying for a medical card in Mississippi is now up and running. By applying early, you can be ready when a dispensary opens in your area of Mississippi. Here’s how to proceed with applying for a medical marijuana card, beginning with a quick call to the doctor.
Who Can Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Mississippi?
There are some basic requirements before you can get a medical marijuana card in Mississippi. First, you must be over 18 if you want to apply on your own for your card; anyone under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian consent to do so. You also must have a state ID or driver’s license in Mississippi that confirms you are a resident. You cannot live in a different state and register for a Mississippi medical marijuana card. Finally, you’ll need to have one of the named qualifying conditions in order to be able to get your card. A doctor has to confirm that you have this condition.
What Are the Qualifying Medical Conditions to Get Marijuana Certification?
The list of qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana certification in Mississippi is quite extensive and includes a variety of conditions as well as a broader selection of conditions that produce particular symptoms.
Named conditions include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- spinal cord disease or injury
- muscular dystrophy
- spastic quadriplegia
- Crohn’s disease
- Sickle-cell anemia
- diabetic/peripheral neuropathy
- ulcerative colitis
- multiple sclerosis
For patients with terminal or debilitating illnesses, a condition with any of the following features qualifies for treatment:
- wasting syndrome
- chronic pain
- severe and intractable nausea
Understanding the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Application Process
Anyone applying to the Mississippi Medical Marijuana program in 2022 can receive their card quickly as of July 2022! Marijauana is currently being grown in-state. You’ll likely be able to purchase marijuana in Mississippi sometime in fall of 2022!
Step 1 – Start With a Medical Marijuana Doctor Certification
Your first step is to see a medical professional. While you are allowed to have this visit with a physician, nurse practitioner, or optometrist who is participating in Mississippi’s program, one of the fastest and most clear ways to approach this appointment is to seek a medical marijuana appointment with Green Mind Physicians.
Some physicians and other medical professionals are not ‘weed-friendly.’ There are doctors that don’t recognize the documented scientific studies that show therapeutic benefits from marijuana use for various ailments. By working with Green Mind Physicians, you get access to licensed doctors who understand the conditions that qualify for Mississippi’s Medical Cannabis program. Our doctors will help you determine whether you’re a good fit- almost all people qualify! Once you have your appointment, your doctor will fill out a doctor certification that shows you have one of the qualifying conditions to participate in the program.
Step 2 – Apply Through the Online Portal
Once you’ve had your medical certification, you’ll go to the Mississippi online portal. You register for an account and then fill out a fairly straightforward application. If you have any questions while applying, you can reach out to us for assistance with your application. Be aware that you need to submit this application within 60 days of your medical certification or you’ll have to re-certify before applying, so make sure you make time to do both of these steps within two months of each other.
Step 3 – Wait Up to 5 Days For Approval
At this point, it is expected that you’ll be able to be approved for your medical card within 5 days of submitting your application, provided it is accurate and you’ve already done your medical certification. When you receive your card, it should be good for either a limited time your medical professsional specified or one year.
Step 4 – When They’re Open, Visit a Dispensary Near You
Dispensaries are getting ready to open in Mississippi right now! Once dispensaries are online, you can use your medical marijuana card and a government issued ID to visit a Mississippi dispensary of your choice. Purchase limits in the state will be calculated based on Medical Cannabis Equivalency Units (MCEU). There are limits on how many you can buy in a time period (6 MCEU in a week, 24 in a month), and you cannot have more than 28 at one time, so you should buy what you need at the time. Each MCEU is the equivalent of 3.5 grams of flower, one gram of concentrate, or 100mg of THC in infused products, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.
Green Mind Physicians Offers Lifetime Support For Medical Marijuana Card Applicants
At Green Mind Physicians, we want to offer our patients affordable, easy telehealth visits. We want to answer your questions about medical marijuana and how it could be therapeutic for your qualifying condition. We offer a lifetime of support and stand by our work. Because we work with multiple states to certify patients for medical marijuana, we’re very familiar with both state policies and the variation between them, for instance, if you are moving from another medical marijuana state to Mississippi. Take advantage of our understanding of medical marijuana and sign up for a virtual doctor certification appointment today!