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State Board of Health reviews timelines for establishing medical marijuana program

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“I do want to tell you that I think town halls are probably very helpful and would be very good and that’s a good idea,” said board member Dr. Luke Lampton. “I think that allows us to be transparent in the work we’re doing.”

Dr. Thomas Dobbs presented a timeline, noting they have to get regulations approved by July 1 and start getting cards and licenses out by August 15. Board member Jim Perry noted that the public shouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t mean product in hand by that date.

“If you get the license at the earliest possible moment of August 15 to grow, you’re actually going to have to start the growing process and then wait for it to be tested,” said board member Jim Perry. “Who knows if that first plant is going to meet the standards and what not. It could be months after.”

Since the department has not yet established a licensing system, they haven’t started accepted those requests. But we did some checks on the Secretary of State’s website with the keyword “marijuana” or “cannabis” under business search.

What we found were 22 businesses that had reserved names, another 25 that have already technically established a business in good standing – which includes some law and consulting services and four related non-profits.

The majority of those were filed by Mississippians. Details are below, including the individuals and companies who are listed in the filing with the Secretary of State’s office.

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