April 5, 2022 — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is pleased to announce that the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program has now joined with other industry leaders to launch the state’s medical cannabis licensing platform in June 2022.
Mississippi will join four other states – Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and West Virginia – in using the NIC Licensing Solution (NLS), the only government licensing platform designed specifically for the cannabis industry. The platform will include comprehensive licensing services for patient/caregiver registration, practitioner registration, agent (employee) credentialing, and business licensing across all business types (growers, processor, testing facility, waste management).
This platform provides a single unified portal for all cannabis licensing needs within the state. Initially, NLS will be accessible from the MSDH Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program webpage.
Currently, NLS has more than one million registered users and has processed more than 1.5 million applications.
Additionally, NLS will work with Metrc, a seed-to-sale platform providing regulatory oversight of the growth, harvest, processing, testing, transportation and sale of Mississippi cannabis products. Metrc uses cloud-based tracking software and securely encoded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that give regulators full supply chain visibility for seed-to-sale tracking of the product.
The Mississippi Department of Revenue will be the agency responsible for issuing dispensary licenses.
The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program is committed to government cooperation and partnerships as it continues to work aggressively to meet regulatory deadlines set forth by Legislature and signed by Governor Tate Reeves.
NIC Mississippi (formerly known as Mississippi Interactive) has been providing government technology solutions for Mississippi for more than a decade. In 2021, the company was acquired by Tyler Technologies, creating a powerhouse in the digital government space.
Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean and Australia. It has been recognized for growth and innovation, including being named to Government Technology’s GovTech 100 list and Forbes’ “Most Innovative Growth Companies” list.