Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Debora Wenger

Second Advisor

Samir Ross

Third Advisor

Stephanie Lusk Smith

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Use of medical cannabis in Mississippi was legalized in February 2022 following many years of cannabis research at the University of Mississippi. Issues immediately became apparent, beginning with the lack of education about medical cannabis among providers. A 2017 study showed that the majority of physicians are not exposed to information about medical cannabis despite its legalization in 37 states. Another issue with Mississippi’s medical cannabis program is the cost of the product itself. The most effective way to decrease spending on medication is for patients to have access to medication that is guaranteed to work. Further research on cannabis strains and compounds is needed in order for patients to have this access.

As the only federally contracted cultivator of cannabis from 1968-2021, the University of Mississippi has made monumental advancements in research and discovery of cannabis constituents. Moving forward, it is essential that the University of Mississippi be involved in this research and that federal regulations be lifted to allow for greater involvement in cannabis research nationwide.

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