By Alyssa Schnugg
A handful of local residents spoke to the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors Monday night asking them not to opt-out of allowing medical marijuana facilities for growing or selling medical marijuana, known as dispensaries.
The hearing was held at 5 p.m. at the Lafayette County Chancery Building during the Board’s regular meeting.
The recently passed Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act gives cities and counties 90 days to opt-out of allowing medical marijuana facilities for growing or selling, known as dispensaries.
If the Board votes to opt-out, it prevents the dispensaries from opening in the county; however, patients who hold cards issued by a physician to use marijuana for medical purposes can still possess it. They would have to receive it at dispensaries inside the Oxford city limits or in another neighboring county.
President Mike Roberts said the purpose of the hearing was to gain public input and there was no action taken during the public hearing.
“We felt we needed to hold a public hearing to allow the community to address their concerns or their favoritism or whatever is on their minds about the potential opt-out,” Roberts said.
Supervisor Brent Larson clarified that whether