A qualified medical marijuana caregiver may legally purchase and possess medical marijuana on behalf of a patient who is also qualified for its use. This is known as a caregiver referral. As the patient’s legal escort, the patient’s guardian, they are also the patient’s advocate. People with medical power of attorney, the patient’s parents, or the patient’s legal guardian can all serve as caregivers.
The State of Mississippi Department of Health released the requirements to become a medical marijuana caregiver on May 7, 2021. Caregivers of qualified patients participating in the state’s medical marijuana program must meet certain qualifications and adhere to certain restrictions, which are outlined in these regulations.
Only patients who qualify for medical marijuana use can have a caregiver assist them. Each caregiver can only act in this role for one patient at a time. This includes purchasing, acquiring, possessing, delivering, preparing, and administering medical marijuana to patients who qualify. Caregivers are not permitted to consume the medications that belong to their qualified patient. Furthermore, a caregiver may not cultivate, grow, or in any way manufacture marijuana.
In Mississippi, caregivers must be over the age of 21, be a Mississippi resident, and have their medical card approved by the state before they can begin caring for a patient. One who follows the rules of the department and assists a qualified patient in using medical marijuana is also a caregiver. Caregivers are not allowed to consume medical marijuana that has been prescribed to a patient.
(there are no clear instructions on becoming one, so I will need to update this section in the future)
Interested in becoming a caregiver for a Mississippi patient who is using medical marijuana? A consultation with one of our Mississippi medical marijuana doctors can be scheduled. It is possible to help your loved one improve their quality of life by working together. Check to see if you qualify right now!