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MSDH says medical marijuana program will be complete summer 2021

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(photo by by Leanne Parker from Pixabay)

Mississippi voters approved a ballot initiative that makes medical marijuana legal in the state, but there is plenty to do before the first dispensary opens its doors in the Magnolia State.

In a pair of tweets Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health said that regulations, including production and licensing, must be complete by July 1. MSDH’s plan to implement the entire program, which was set out in the initiative’s proposal, will be ready to go by Aug. 15, 2021.

 

The agency is tasked with all aspects of the medical marijuana program in Mississippi as part of ballot initiative 65. The new law gives physicians the power to prescribe marijuana for numerous medical conditions. Read the entire proposal here.

“As we make progress we will keep the public fully informed,” MSDH said in a tweet, “and ask for your patience as we develop the necessary plans to go forward late next summer.”

 

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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