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Marijuana Considerations & Laws In Mississippi

Medical Marijuana Law:

Recreational Marijuana Law:

No Broad Laws Legalizing Marijuana*:

*In these states, marijuana is either totally illegal, or there may be laws decriminalizing possession, or use of marijuana, or, the state may have a CBD law legalizing THC at a level constituting marijuana-derived CBD.


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Employer Concerns

  • Cannabis extract, oil, or resin that contains more than 15% CBD and less than 0.5% THC, obtained from specific establishments within the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center for specifically defined, qualified patients is legal.   
  • Mississippi has a voluntary drug testing law that, although not required, if an employer elects to comply, they will qualify for limited legal protections. There is also a workers’ compensation premium discount available if the employer follows the allowable guidelines of their insurer.

Testing

  • Mississippi has a voluntary drug testing law that, although not required, if an employer elects to comply, they will qualify for limited legal protections.

Hiring/Termination


Discipline


Use/Possession

  • See Significant above.

Other Impacting Laws (e.g. drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)

  • Mississippi has a voluntary drug testing law that, although not required, if an employer elects to comply, they will qualify for limited legal protections. There is also a workers’ compensation premium discount available if the employer follows the allowable guidelines of their insurer. 
  • An employee will be disqualified for unemployment benefits if he or she is discharged based on willful misconduct due to a confirmed positive drug test result. 
  • The employee will be disqualified from workers’ compensation benefits if he or she refuses a post-accident drug test or if a drug test is positive for any illegally used drug, use of a valid prescription medication taken contrary to the prescriber’s instructions and/or contrary to label warnings. 

Miscellaneous


Sources (e.g. Bill Number, Authority)

  • Mississippi Code 71-3-201 to 225 – Drug testing related
  • Mississippi Code 71-7-1 to 33 – Drug testing related
  • Mississippi Admin. Code Title 15, Part 16, Subch. 5 through 9 – Drug testing related
  • Mississippi Code 71-5-513 – Unemployment compensation related
  • Mississippi Code 71-3-7 & 121 – Workers’ compensation related

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CAUTION: Where there are quotation marks, the language is directly from published law. This information is only a summary of some issues and it will benefit the reader to review the information in context (go to the law) and in relation to other laws (e.g. workers compensation, unemployment law).

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