Mississippi Marijuana Laws

Current Legality State
Medical Program Only
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Mississippi State Information Page

  • Medical Program only
  • Partially decriminalized; no jail time for 30 g or more minor possession
  • Medical patients can possess up to 98 grams of flower, 28 grams of concentrate, or 2.8 grams of THC in an infused product.
  • Cultivation is illegal
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Medical marijuana was legalized in Mississippi in Feb. 2022 after a back and forth with the state’s Supreme Court over a technicality in the law voted in by Mississippi residents in 2020. Recreational marijuana remains illegal for now. 

The state’s medical program should be up and running later in 2022.

State Laws and Offenses

Here’s a list of penalties for Mississippi’s possession, sale, and distribution of marijuana, concentrate, or paraphernalia.

  • Marijuana is a Schedule I substance in the state of Mississippi 
  • Federally, cannabis is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possession of fewer than 30 grams will not result in jail time; however, there is a maximum fine of 250 USD. 
  • Selling up to 30 grams of marijuana is a felony punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of 3,000 USD.
  • Cultivation in Mississippi will be punished based upon the aggregate weight of the plants found.
  • Using or possessing paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of 500 USD.
  • Any conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for six months.

The following medical conditions or their treatment qualify for participation in the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program:

  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Spastic quadriplegia
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Agitation of dementia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism
  • Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
  • Diabetic/peripheral neuropathy
  • Spinal cord disease or severe injury
  • Chronic terminal or debilitating medical conditions or their treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; chronic pain; severe or intractable nausea; seizures; intense and persistent muscle spasms including multiple sclerosis


Book An Appointment

You will schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in Mississippi at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor.



Consult with a doctor for a quick evaluation of your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.



Within 24 hours after the evaluation, the doctor will send your certificate via email for your recommendation for medical marijuana. After receiving that recommendation, you can then apply with the state of Mississippi to complete the registration process.

When does my Mississippi medical card expire?

Your medical card expires one year from when the doctor completes this registration. This is generally within 24 hours after the evaluation appointment.

Mississippi marijuana DUI laws

The penalties for driving under the influence in Mississippi are as follows:

  • First offense: up to 48 hrs jail, minimum 250 USD, up to one-year license suspension
  • A second conviction is an offense punishable with a minimum of five days, a minimum fine of 600 USD, up to two years of license suspension
  • Third offense in five years: felony, minimum one year jail, 2000-5000 USD fine

Mississippi marijuana growing laws

Mississippi does not permit medical marijuana patients to cultivate their own cannabis.

Mississippi public consumption laws

Medical cannabis patient cardholders are not allowed to use cannabis in public view. Others in possession of marijuana in public places are liable to receive fines or time in jail if convicted.

Mississippi city specific laws

The laws listed here are for the state. Cities, counties, schools, universities, and employers may set their own rules and consequences. Be sure to check how marijuana laws differ in each county or town before you use.

In a recent poll, sixty-seven percent of Mississippi voters supported the legalization of marijuana for adult use in their state. 

Marijuana is currently not legal for recreational use in Mississippi. Due to the medical program that has been established, it will be permitted for medicinal purposes only.

Those that have applied and obtained a Mississippi cannabis license or certified patients will be allowed possession.

Yes, low-THC CBD plants and products are legal in Mississippi. In 2020,  the state legalized hemp and set up protocols for licensing and regulation with the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act.

Yes, medical cannabis edibles are legal under the new medical marijuana law passed in February 2022. Recreational edibles are still illegal. 

Cannabis Policy Reform Timeline

1937: Cannabis was banned due to federal prohibition

1978: Cannabis was partially decriminalized for minor amounts and paraphernalia possession

2014: Harper Grace’s Law or House Bill 1231 was passed by the state legislature to legalize low-THC CBD for certain conditions

2020: The Medical Marijuana campaign gathered 228,000 signatures to place Initiative 65 on the ballot to legalize two and a half ounces of cannabis every two weeks for medical patients. 

To legalize medical cannabis, it would have to be from a state-licensed treatment center, and there is a fine for public use. 

2021: the Mississippi State Supreme Court invalidated Initiative 65 from legalizing medical marijuana based on a minor technicality in the state initiative law. 

2022: Governor Tate Reeves signed the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act into law to legalize medical marijuana on Feb. 2, 2022. Per the new Medical Cannabis Law and the Mississippi Department of Health, the medical program should be fully functional for cannabis patients later in the year. The Marijuana Policy Project is currently working on a legalization initiative for recreational use in Mississippi.

Updated 6.14.2022