Rep. Donnie Scoggin (R-Ellisville) talked about the ins and outs of medical marijuana, how it will affect Jones County and who is and isn’t eligible to use it.
After Gov. Tate Reeves signed the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act into Law in March, municipalities and counties had 90 days to choose to opt in or out of all or part of the act, including growing, cultivation and dispensaries within their limits.
There are a lot of things that the state does not know about medical marijuana, said Scoggin, a nurse practitioner.
“We aren’t trying to invent the wheel,” Scoggin told a group at the Laurel Country Club for a recent breakfast gathering with local representatives called Eggs and Issues. “A lot of other states have passed medical marijuana, and so we are trying to learn from their mistakes and see what they did good and do those things.”
But not everyone will be able to have access to medical marijuana, Scoggin said.
“One of the things I tell people is that you are not going to be able to go to your local family provider and get a prescription for medical marijuana. It’s still federally illegal,” he said. “Legally, physicians cannot prescribe it. Pharmacies cannot