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Mississippi Legislature Passes Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

By Marijuana Policy Project April 2, 2014 Mississippi Legislature Passes Limited Medical Marijuana Bill
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If enacted, it would apply only to patients suffering from epileptic conditions, leaving the vast majority of patients behind.

JACKSON, MS — Last week, the Mississippi General Assembly overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1231, which would legalize certain, very limited medical marijuana extracts for patients suffering from seizure disorders.

While this bill is a strong endorsement of the medical benefits of marijuana by the Mississippi legislature, it is extremely limited and does not even create a realistic way for patients to obtain the extracts.

The bill, approved by the House 112-6 and the Senate 49-0, now heads to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it. If enacted, it would apply only to patients suffering from epileptic conditions, leaving the vast majority of patients behind.

Furthermore, patients would only be able to use marijuana extracts that contain no more than 0.5% THC and more than 15% CBD.

The bill also only allows three specific medical research centers — the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi, the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State University — to produce or possess the marijuana extracts for research. Given that federal law does not allow medical marijuana, it is extremely unlikely that universities will produce marijuana.

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  • Hank Pym

    And yet another useless victory. Its sad, you can tell that the only driving force behind the bipartisan support (mostly republican) is voter turnout for the next elections. No wonder it passed so overwhelmingly– the bill doesn’t do shit! I feel sorry for the families who are dealing with epilepsy; my uncle is epelectic but is now in his sixties and his brain has already suffered a lifetime of seizures, and his cognitive function has suffered TREMENDOUSLY.

    I can only imagine what his life would’ve been like if this useless policy of prohobition was never instated in the first place.

    I would love to applaud the Mississippi legislature for their bravery in taking steps to help families, but I can’t help but feel empathy towards all of the suffering families who have been left behind in the narrow legislation from this state and so many others.

  • confused

    Its all about the money the warrior police would have to give. They dont care about anyone but themselves. The republicans like throwing people of color in jail and they will do everything that they can to keep thi gravy train going. If all of this blatant racism is ok with everyone and they cant get up off their big lazy butts to vote then things arent going to change. Only 1 in 10 people of color vote republican. They are from families of slave owners. They like throwing everyone in jail.

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