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First medical cannabis patients seminar set for Oxford

As Mississippi grows into the medical cannabis industry, an advocacy group supporting cannabis and those who use it for several medical conditions has a seminar planned for medical cannabis patients.  

The Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance (MCPA) will host the state’s first patient seminar for medical cannabis patients in Oxford on Monday, Sept. 19. The free seminar is available to the public, including patients and caregivers. 

“MCPA is so excited to host the first education and awareness event in the state for medical cannabis patients!” said MCPA Founder/CEO Angie Calhoun. “We are thrilled to start in Oxford, and this is just the beginning of many more events in the next few months!”

Organizers said the seminar will provide education and awareness from MSDH-approved credentialed practitioners, licensed cultivators, and dispensaries, plus the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).

Among the educational topics will be how patients can become certified for medical cannabis, what are debilitating medical conditions, how to lock and secure medical cannabis properly, microdosing, and the latest guidance from MSDH. 

The seminar will take place at the Hampton Inn Oxford Conference Center, 103 Ed Perry Blvd., in Oxford and will take place between 4-7 p.m. 

MCPA and Calhoun were among the stronger supporters of medical cannabis in Mississippi, which became law after the 2022 Legislative session.  Several counties and communities have since opted into the new law to allow growing, cultivation, processing, and dispensary facilities.  

Calhoun observed that the industry has moved forward.

“The medical cannabis industry in Mississippi is moving quickly, as numerous cultivation, testing, and dispensary facilities are in the process of obtaining their proper licensing and certifications,” Calhoun said. “Once the testing facilities are ready to begin testing, we should see dispensaries begin to open their doors as they recieve MDOR approval.”

Calhoun added that MCPA has a new page on their website that lists approved medical cannabis practitioners and licensed dispensaries across the state.

For more information on the Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance, visit

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