But the measure faces a more difficult road in the House and a potential veto from the governor.
Mississippi is one step closer to finally establishing a medical marijuana program after a state Senate vote last week. But the next steps for the legislation will be much trickier. After a spirited session, during which hemp products were passed through the chamber as examples, the Senate passed the bill by a 47-5 margin. It would, in part, allow physicians and other medical professionals to prescribe cannabis for 22 conditions. It also would apply a 7% sales tax on retail sales and a 5% excise tax on growing operations, as well as a tiered system of cultivator fees.