Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Wednesday signed a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana but would not require insurance companies to pay for it.
The signing of S.B. 2095 makes Mississippi the 37th state to allow the use of medical cannabis under certain conditions. The law approves its use for "certain patients who have debilitating medical conditions," including "chronic pain."
The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act allows the use of medical marijuana for more than a dozen conditions including cancer. It defines chronic pain as "a pain condition in which the cause of the pain can not be removed or otherwise treated, and which in generally accepted medical practice, no relief or cure of the cause of the pain is possible, or no one has been found after reasonable efforts by a practitioner. . "
The law also states that" nothing … requires a state medical aid program or a private insurer to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of medical cannabis. "
The 445-page law also describes a number of provisions for dispensers.