Mississippi now has a trade association to provide information and support to those hoping to participate in the state’s soon-to-be medical marijuana program. 

The newly formed Mississippi Cannabis Trade Association aims to help people interested in growing, cultivating and distributing medical cannabis, said founding member Melvin C. Robinson III.  

“Mississippians are known for agriculture. That’s what we do well, and I really think that cannabis can revolutionize the state from an economic standpoint, just because of the opportunities it yields, and just the industry being so wide open, and I’m really excited to be a part of it,” Robinson told Reckon. 

In November, Mississippians voted overwhelmingly for Initiative 65, a grassroots ballot initiative to create a medical marijuana program in Mississippi. The program is expected to be running and distributing medical cannabis to patients by late 2021.  

Click here to read more about Initiative 65.

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act – a bill that would remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act. The vote now goes to the senate, which will reconvene in January. Click here to learn more about the MORE Act. 

The association’s mission statement says the organization aims “to promote the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and work for a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for our industry in the state of Mississippi.” 

The program requires vertical integration  meaning all the cannabis products prescribed to patients in Mississippi must have been grown and processed in Mississippi. The trade association plans to work with businesses in each stage, from growing cannabis plants to selling the medical cannabis products at state treatment centers.   

For more information about becoming a member, visit the MSCTA website