State representative to hold hearing on medical marijuana


Representative Omeria Scott will be holding a public hearing Thursday, October 25, in Room 113 of the State Capitol, to discuss the pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana.

Scott is the former vice chair of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee and current member of the House Medicaid Committee. She is also a breast cancer survivor. While in treatment she says she was disturbed to learn how many people with chronic pain cannot gain access to solutions.

“Marijuana has been known to alleviate chronic pain from cancer, Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma and Crohn’s disease. Our sister states, Louisiana and Arkansas, have both legalized marijuana for medicinal use. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of medical marijuana legislation,” said Scott.

The hearing will include two experts, Karmen Hanson and Heather Morton.  Hanson, the Program Director of Health at the National Conference of State Legislatures, will provide a deep dive presentation of cannabis for medicinal purposes and how other states are approaching the matter.  Morton, a Program Specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, will give an overview of financial services in the industry.

“The purpose of this hearing is to gather information and eventually develop legislation that can be considered and hopefully passed to address this healthcare shortcoming for those who are suffering chronic pain in Mississippi.”

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