Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hemp Task Force Meets Monday

Commissioner of Agriculture Andrew Gipson issued the following statement and agenda.

The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force will convene Monday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 113 of the Mississippi State Capitol. The meeting is open to the public.

The Task Force, chaired by Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson, was established by the Mississippi Legislature to consider the potential of hemp cultivation, market potential, and potential job creation in Mississippi. Topics that will be presented include the regulation and cultivation of hemp, the University of Mississippi Cannabis Research Program, current issues related to cannabis, and law enforcement issues related to hemp.

“I look forward to leading a thoughtful, evidence-based discussion with the other members of the Task Force as we examine all the issues surrounding the cultivation of hemp in Mississippi,” said Commissioner Gipson. “In all our considerations, we will keep a keen focus on the interests of Mississippians, including our farmers, law enforcement and other stakeholders, as well as the general public. We will thoroughly explore the potential as well as the challenges experienced by other states.”

The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force was created by House Bill 1547 enacted during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session. Members of the Task Force are as follows:

Andy Gipson, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
Wes Burger, Mississippi State University
Edmund Bucker, Alcorn State University
Larry Walker, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy National Center for Natural Products Research

Paul Dees, Delta Council

Brittany Ridinger, Mississippi Secretary of State's Office
Mike Lanford, Mississippi Attorney General's Office
Jeff Jones, Director of Pharmacy, Mississippi State Department of Health

Bill Pigott, Mississippi House of Representatives

Josh Harkins, Mississippi Senate

Marshall Fisher, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety

Andy Whittington, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

John Dowdy, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director (Governor Designee)

The meeting, which is open to the public, can also be viewed through livestreaming on the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Facebook page. The public can submit comments by emailing


Anonymous said...

This is a total waste of time. There’s already states ahead of us producing what’s needed from the market. MS is last for a reason...poor leadership from pussies afraid to make decisions

Anonymous said...

Put emus, ostriches, and another downer plant on the agenda too.

Anonymous said...

Look for Fisher and Dowdy to fearmonger and for Gipson to bow under pressure from them and once again miss a golden opportunity for our farmers. There’s a reason we are perpetually in last place...

Anonymous said...

Just let them grow hemp. North America grew hemp for 150 years without issues. The market is expanding by billions. The farmers will determine if there is s market or not. Every single part of the plant has market value. CBD has allowed millions to avoid opiates.

Anonymous said...

This is the dumbest thing I've seen in a long time. Colorado has already raked in over $1 billion into the state coffers and is wildly prosperous; meanwhile MS is preparing to bloviate over a plant the federal government has already fully legalized. The nonsense we are willing to put up with to protect our piss colored plates, real beef burgers, and authentic devotion to secession... It's sad, embarrassing, and brainless.

#50 for a reason.

Anonymous said...

Watch "Reefer Madness," and then tell us if you want cannabis legalized.

Anonymous said...

Alcohol & gambling are legal, why not add reefer? More homes, families and lives have been ruined by alcohol and gambling than have ever been ruined by reefer. Lets not forget the lottery! That will solve our third world road and bridge problem while sucking money out of households. All while Tater claims the high moral ground "In God We Trust" and says increasing the gas tax to fund roads and bridges is bad. I'm sure Jesus has a plan for our roads. Taters just waiting a little longer to tell us what the burning bush told him.

Anonymous said...

More men and women have been ruined by the desire to be married and have children than drugs, whiskey, etc.

Anonymous said...

You morons wanting to grow hemp have no idea about farming, soil ph levels, preferred soil for the crop, pesticides, crop rotation, seeding, effects on other crops, feminized hemp pollen, irrigation, drying. Y’all think you can just plant some seeds and it will grow. Get a good lawyer also when you try and sue your neighbor when they crop dusts there soybeans and it renders your crop useless. Your bank won’t be happy either. Wow. So much stuff to learn and this isn’t even half of it. Who knew.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the 3:02. This money should be redirected to a program that teaches people like him, or her, to write in decent English.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was about growth of industrial hemp not marijuana. Isn't the comparison an apples/orange one.

Anonymous said...

Self-abuse has ruined more lives than marijuana and hemp.

Anonymous said...

We're 50th and we like it
All hat and no cattle Gibson denied a YOGA class at the farmers market because he thought it was too spiritual. In MS, we can play that card either way.
What a bunch of clowns. Why is an insurance company involved in state decisions? If only we could get some federal dollars to funnel to our friends to help study this situation to determine if the federal governments decision to allow hemp production was the correct one. Like the mother whose son was in the band and couldn't march properly said, "everyone is out of step but him".

Anonymous said...

Really anon? "Reefer Madness" ??? Was a movie used to scare the hell out of people and financed and pushed by big pharma. What frickin century are you living in? People like you keeping us last in everything.

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