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How to get a medical card in Mississippi

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    Register Online with Leafwell

    Book an appointment via Leafwell to meet in-person with a provider near you – initial consultations must be in-person.

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana with your Doctor

    Attend your in-person consultation and get approved our provider. Our current location is 115 Aulenbrock Dr, Building 200, Suite A, Canton, MS 39046, United States. Please note you must book an appointment first.

  3. 3

    Register with the Mississippi State Program

    Your certifying provider will register your certification with the state, then you can create an account with the MS DOH and complete the application.

  4. 4

    Receive your Digital Card from the State of Mississippi

    Once approved, you’ll receive a digital card – you can use this to buy your medicine from licensed dispensaries.

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Benefits of Getting a Mississippi Medical Card

Getting certified for medical cannabis is the only way to consume cannabis legally in Mississippi.

We are open. Our first location is 30 minutes north of Jackson, MS:

115 Aulenbrock Dr, Building 200, Suite A,

Canton, MS 39046

About Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

On November 3, 2020, Mississippi voted to establish a medical marijuana program by approving Initiative 65. 74% of voters in Mississippi supported the move to allow people suffering from one of 22 qualifying medical conditions to be prescribed up to 5 oz of marijuana per month. However, this decision was overturned. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, which changed some aspects of Initiative 65, passed in January 2022 and was signed into law on February 2, 2022.

Medical cannabis:

  • 2014 – House Bill 1231, Harper Grace’s Act legalized CBD oil.
  • 2020 – Initiative 65 legalizes medical marijuana.
  • 2021 – The Mississippi Supreme Court overturns Initiative 65. The decision cited a fundamental flaw in the state’s ballot initiative process that makes it impossible for any citizen-initiated measure to qualify for the ballot.
  • January 13, 2022 – Mississippi Senate votes to legalize medical marijuana, The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act SB 2095.
  • February 2, 2022 – Governor Tate Reeves signs the bill into law.

Recreational cannabis:

Recreational cannabis use is illegal in Mississippi. The Mississippi Marijuana Legalization Amendment will be voted for in 2022.


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How to qualify

Those aged 18 or over can qualify for medical cannabis for themselves. Those under 18 will need to apply as a minor and have a caregiver 21 or older and is responsible for the patient's care. Those aged 18 and 23 will need two certifications from two doctors working in other practices. Those under 21 cannot enter a dispensary without a parent or guardian.

You must provide ID, proof of Mississippi residency, and medical records to qualify for medical cannabis in Mississippi.

  1. There is a caregiver program for medical cannabis patients.
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    Caregivers must be aged 21 or over and be the primary person responsible for the patient’s care.

    Caregivers apply directly to the state. There is a $25 fee plus a $37 fee for a criminal background check.


Medical Conditions

In Mississippi, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation:

Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either substantially limits a person’s ability to conduct one or more of major life activities as defined in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the person’s safety, physical, or mental health.

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Possession and Growing

Possession and purchase limits are calculated based on “Medical Cannabis Equivalency Units” (MCEUs) of 3.5 grams of flower, up to 100 mg of THC in infused products, and up to one gram of concentrate.

The final version of the bill included the following possession limits.

  • Patients may not purchase more than six MCEUs in a week (21 grams, which is just under 3/4 ounce).
  • Patients may not purchase more than 24 MCEUs in a month (84 grams, just under 3 ounces).
  • Patients may not possess more than 28 MCEUs at one time (98 grams, which is just under 3.5 ounces).

Potency Caps

  • Flower/bud potency cannot exceed 30% THC.
  • Tinctures, oils, and concentrates may not exceed 60% THC.

Neither patients nor caregivers can cultivate cannabis in Mississippi.


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Caregivers

Medical Marijuana patients in Mississippi can have a caregiver.

There is a caregiver program for medical cannabis patients. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over and be the primary person responsible for the patient's care.

Caregivers must pass a criminal background check ($37) and pay a $25 directly to the state.

In most states, you can become a medical marijuana caregiver if:

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    You have been designated for that purpose by a legal medical marijuana user

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    You are consistently responsible for that person’s housing, health, and/or safety

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    The care you provide is independent of assistance you give the person in taking medical marijuana

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    You began taking care of the person at or before the time you assumed responsibility for assisting with medical marijuana

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Reciprocity

Mississippi does not have medical marijuana reciprocity and so does not recognize medical marijuana cards or certificates from other states. However, some states may recognize your MS medical card. We recommend you call dispensaries in other states before visiting

Reciprocity is one key benefit for medical marijuana users. Unlike recreational cannabis users, medical marijuana users with a medical marijuana card can travel to the states listed above and purchase the medical marijuana they require while they are out of state.

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Frequently asked questions in Mississippi

How much does it cost to get a medical cannabis card in Mississippi?

An in-person consultation with a physician, nurse practitioner, or optometrist participating in Mississippi’s medical cannabis program is required by law for approval. A consultation with one of Leafwell’s healthcare providers costs $199 and is valid for one year.

The state also charges a $25 non-refundable application fee ($15 for Mississippi Medicaid participants) for your medical card. That fee can be waived entirely for a 100% disabled veteran or disabled first responder.

What conditions qualify for a medical cannabis card in Mississippi?

There are currently over 20 medical conditions that qualify for participation in the Mississippi medical cannabis program. They are:

You may also qualify if you have a chronic terminal illness, a debilitating medical condition or disease, or its treatment, that produces one or more of the following:

What do I need to know about applying for my medical cannabis card in Mississippi?

Initial patient certifications must be done in person – however, Leafwell can organize your appointment and guide you through the state application. Renewals and follow-ups can be completed online with Leafwell via telemedicine. Here’s how to complete your initial consultation and get approved:

  1. Register online with Leafwell and book an appointment to meet with a local Mississippi healthcare provider. The cost of the consultation is $199, and you are only billed if approved.
  2. Attend your in-person consultation. Speak to your healthcare provider about your medical conditions and why medical cannabis may be a good option. Feel free to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. Then, get approved.
  3. Register with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program. Your certifying provider will register your certificate with the state, and then you can create an account with the MS DOH and complete the application.
  4. Once approved, you’ll receive your digital medical cannabis card. You can use this to buy your medicine from licensed dispensaries.
How old do I have to be to apply for a medical cannabis card in Mississippi?

Adults aged 18 and up diagnosed with at least one qualifying condition may be eligible to apply for a medical cannabis card in Mississippi.

People aged 18-25 must meet with two providers at separate medical clinics.

Patients under 18 must have a custodial parent or legal guardian responsible for healthcare decisions apply on the minor patient’s behalf.

What is a medical cannabis caregiver in Mississippi?

Mississippi defines a caregiver as a person at least 21 years of age who has agreed to assist no more than five registered qualifying patients with their medical use of medical cannabis.

Caregivers must apply for a Registered Designated Caregiver Identification Card. This process is similar to applying for a medical card. However, in addition to paying a $25 non-refundable application fee, caregivers must also pass a criminal background check and pay a $37 designated caregiver criminal background check fee.

How does the online evaluation process work for getting a medical cannabis card certification in Mississippi?

Initial certifications must be done in person, but follow-ups and renewals with the same provider can be completed online. Leafwell has a network of in-person appointment locations to enable us to serve patients across Mississippi. Here’s what the process will look like with our provider near you:

  1. Register online with Leafwell and book an appointment to meet with a local Mississippi healthcare provider. The cost of the consultation is $199, and you are only billed if approved.
  2. Attend your in-person consultation. Speak to your healthcare provider about your medical conditions and why medical cannabis may be a good option. Feel free to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. Then, get approved.
  3. Register with the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program. Your certifying provider will register your certificate with the state, and then you can create an account with the MS DOH and complete the application.
  4. Once approved, you’ll receive your digital medical cannabis card. You can use this to buy your medicine from licensed dispensaries.
Mississippi State Process

Once a provider has approved you, you need to apply to the state to receive your medical card. Here’s a step-by-step guide for what you’ll need to do:

  1. Register as a new user with the state here.
  2. Receive an email to confirm your email address – click the link to verify your email address.
  3. Once logged in, click “Create New Application,” then click, “New Patient Registration.”
  4. Under the “General Information” section, complete all requirements (including your name, social security, phone number, and ID number).
  5. Under the “Contact Information” section, complete all requirements.
  6. Under “Certifying Practitioner/Condition Information,” click “View Available Certification.” If there is no certificate on file, please wait. It typically takes a provider 24-48 hours to submit your details.
    1. Once selected, check the information and click “Save & Next.”
  7. If applicable, input the required information under “Caregiver Information.” If you do not need a caregiver, select “No” and move on.
  8. Under Questions and Attestations complete all requirements.
    1. Read each question or attestation and select “Yes.”
    2. Complete the digital signature at the bottom
  9. Under “Documents,” upload the following:
    1. Your digital photograph (passport style)
    2. Proof of residency
    3. Proof of ID
    4. Caregiver authorization (if applicable)
    5. Parent/legal guardian consent form (if applicable)
    6. Proof of legal guardianship (if applicable)
  10. Submit your non-refundable state application fee (by credit card or ACH).
  11. Once submitted, you will need to wait for state approval.
  12. Once approved, you can view and download an electronic identification card.
  13. You may now select a licensed dispensary to purchase your medical cannabis.

Please note: At this time, no dispensaries are currently open in Mississippi.