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Medical marijuana availability in Mississippi could be delayed into early 2023

While medical marijuana ought to be available for patients by the end of this calendar year, there might be a slight delay in the process.

Ken Newburger, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association (MMA), says it’s possible that marijuana will not have been tested at that point.

“A couple of companies have done their first harvest. A couple are in the process of doing it,” Newburger explained on The Gallo Show. “But the real thing is, will it be tested? Because our testing companies have to go through a very rigorous validation process, and they’re going through it right now. And so we’re thinking maybe at the end of December, but early quarter one is when we’ll see it first, and then quarter two is when we’ll see a bigger spike.”

As of now, there are only two licensed testing facilities in Mississippi, and everything made available to patients will have to be tested before a dispensary can sell it.

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Nevertheless, Newburger says two additional testing companies are getting their licensing requirements together, and two more are behind them. In total, the MMA expects to have anywhere from six to eight testing facilities total by the end of 2023.

Once all of the anticipated testing facilities are up and going, the process of getting medical marijuana into dispensaries for patients will speed up.

Watch the full interview with Newburger below.

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