Mississippi Legal Information
In 2014, Mississippi passed HB 1231, which creates an affirmative defense for the possession and use of CBD oil in very limited circumstances. Known as “Harper Grace's Law,” the bill only provides legal protection to patients diagnosed with a debilitating epileptic condition, and only if the CBD oil was either obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and dispensed by the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The law requires that CBD oil must have at least 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC. Patients with conditions other than a debilitating epileptic condition are not entitled to any legal protections, nor are there any legal protections for the possession and use of any other type of cannabis product.
In 2017, the legislature passed SB 2610, to clarify the use of cannabidiol in research for the treatment of seizures and other medical conditions.
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In 2014, Mississippi passed HB 1231, which included a section known as “Harper Grace’s Law” which creates an affirmative defense for the possession and use of cannabis oil containing high concentrations of CBD (one of the compounds founds in cannabis) in very limited circumstances.
Pursuant to Harper Grace’s Law, a patient may acquire, possess and administer CBD oil if they have a debilitating epileptic condition or related illness and have obtained a written order to treat that condition by a physician who is licensed to practice in the state.
Any physician who is licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi may issue a written order for CBD oil treatment to patients suffering with a debilitating epileptic condition or related illness.
HB 1231 does not explicitly provide for caregiver protection; however, the parents or legal guardian of a patient may also possess and administer THC oil for the use by their child.
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.