Yes, to be certified under the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, a licensed practitioner (MD, DO, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or Optometrist) registered with the Mississippi State Department of Health is required. This certification is just one part of the patient enrollment process. Patients interested in joining the medical cannabis program in Mississippi must also complete the application procedure with the MS State Department of Health. The issuance of medical cannabis identification cards to patients is handled by the MS State Department of Health. It’s important to note that practitioners do not provide prescriptions for medical cannabis. Patients who qualify for the program will receive their identification cards after successfully completing the application process, which includes a thorough review to ensure compliance with all state regulations regarding medical cannabis use. Additionally, the Department of Health oversees the ongoing monitoring and management of the program to promote safe and responsible access to medical cannabis for eligible patients.