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How to Get a Mississippi Medical Card in 2021

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Nov 21 2020 - 6 min read

On 3 November 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.

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Mississippi? You’ve come to the right place because Leafwell plans to open in the state as soon as possible. Want to be one of the first patients? Join our waitlist today. We’ll email you as soon as we start seeing patients in Mississippi. At the moment, Mississippi Department of Health stipulates that appointments must be done in-person but we expect telemedicine to be expanded in the face of COVID-19.

We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of Contents
  1. Getting a Mississippi Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Mississippi?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Mississippi?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Mississippi?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Mississippi?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Mississippi Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Jackson, Gulfport and Southaven
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Mississippi
  16. Useful Links

Getting a Mississippi Medical Marijuana Card Online

At the moment, the medical marijuana program is not yet live. Mississippi Department of Health must finalise regulations on advertising, tracking procedures and product labelling by July 2021. Licensing treatment centres and certifying eligible patients is expected to begin before August 2021. Leafwell expects to be open up for certification as soon as possible.

As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell aims to help our clients quickly and securely get a Mississippi Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Mississippi understand the importance of applying for their Mississippi MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.

Who Can Apply?

Individuals aged 18 and older can apply without a parent or guardian. If Mississippi’s program includes a caregiver program, younger patients can get a card with the approval of their parent or guardian.

Mississippi medical marijuana card

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Mississippi?

As an MMJ Card holder in Mississippi, you are permitted to possess:

  • Up to 5 oz of marijuana

How do I Apply?

We don’t know the exact process of the Mississippi state program but we can tell you how the Leafwell telemedicine process will go!

1. Register online with Leafwell 

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Mississippi medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is yet to be established. You are only billed if approved.

2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card

The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.

3. Receive your certificate from Leafwell

This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card. It will be emailed to you immediately after your successful appointment. For most state programs, you can then use this PDF to apply further

4. Final steps to be clarified by Mississippi government

As and when more details are released, we’ll provide you with more details here.

5. Receive your medical marijuana card

Once you’ve been approved, you’ll receive a medical card and can legally purchase up to 5 oz of medical marijuana in Mississippi.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a South Dakota registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the South Dakota government.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Mississippi medical marijuana certificates are valid for one year. When you use Leafwell to obtain your certificate, we’ll send you a reminder email one month before your card is due to expire to make sure you have plenty of time to submit your renewal application.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Mississippi?

The initial consultation with one of the Mississippi registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee. We will announce the fee closer to the time. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

At the moment, we don’t know what costs may be associated with the application to Mississippi’s medical marijuana program.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Mississippi because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Mississippi?

There are 22 conditions that can qualify for a medical marijuana certificate and card in Mississippi. These are:

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Dementias
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or Debilitating Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Huntington’s Disease (HD)
  • Intractable Nausea
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Muscle Spasticity
  • Sickle-Cell Anemia
  • Spinal Cord Diseases (SCDs) or severe injury related to the spine
  • Ulcerative colitis

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Mississippi, we expect that you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency
  • A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • Voter’s registration
  • State-produced Identification Card
  • Passport

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Signed Certification

  • A PDF version will be emailed to you upon successful completion of your consultation with a registered practitioner on Leafwell’s secure platform.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.

This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

Mississippi medical marijuana card

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

At the moment, we have no details about whether or not a caregiver program will be set up. However, they usually do exist and we would expect Mississippi to implement one. We’ll update this as we gather more information.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Mississippi?

No, Initiative 65 does not permit home cultivation of cannabis by MMJ card holders.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Mississippi Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

We don’t know this yet. However, these states may recognise Mississippi’s medical patients:
– Alaska ^
– Arkansas *
– California ^
– Colorado ^
– Hawaii *
– Maine
– Massachusetts
– Michigan
– Nevada
– Oklahoma *
– Oregon ^
– Rhode Island
– Washington ^
– Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Jackson, Gulfport and Southaven

There is little if any difference in medical cannabis laws between different Mississippi jurisdictions. Regardless of where you are in Mississippi, we hope you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell from 2021 onwards.

Remember: we hope that you won’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to qualify for a certificate and MMJ card in Mississippi – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Mississippi

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Mississippi:

  • 3 November 2020 – Mississippi voters approve Initiative 65 with 74% of the vote.

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Mississippi, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:

Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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