Despite its conservative background, Mississippi is making progress when it comes to fair access to cannabis. Mississippi also has a unique history with cannabis, as Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) has been the country’s sole producer of federally legal cannabis in the United States.
CBD from Hemp Oil in Mississippi
Hemp CBD oil is federally legal in the U.S. Individual state laws, however, are dynamic and some states have and will enact their own laws regulating hemp-derived CBD. Mississippi is one state that may govern hemp-derived CBD.
Medical Cannabis in Mississippi
Medical cannabis is illegal in Mississippi, although the state did pass a very limited CBD law in 2014. As with most “CBD Only” laws, only patients with intractable epilepsy qualify for access to the CBD oil, which is provided by the University of Mississippi. The CBD cannabis oil must contain less than 0.5% CBD and more than 15% CBD. Unfortunately, the state has gone no further in creating access to medical cannabis.
Recreational Cannabis in Mississippi
While Mississippi is unlikely to pursue full legalization of cannabis any time soon, the state has actually had decriminalization policies in place since 1978. Under the current law, possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis is punishable only by a fine of up to $250. Repeat offenses and possession of greater amounts can lead to jail time. Possession and sale of 30 grams and above is a felony punishable by jail terms ranging from 3 to 30 years and fines ranging from $3000 to $1000,000. Sales made to a minor are susceptible to double fines and jail terms. The state of Mississippi also imposes minimum mandatory sentences on possession of recreational cannabis, the highest being 10 years in case of possession of 5kg or more.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Mississippi
Cultivation of cannabis is illegal in Mississippi outside of the University of Mississippi’s tightly regulated programs for research and medical CBD.