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Mississippi Laws and Programs

  • By: Yael Chatav Schonbrun & Tiffany R. Glynn
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Mississippi's geographic position as a “crossroads to the south” facilitates drug movement from Texas/Mexico to the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard of the United States. As a result, Mississippi has developed stringent drug laws, penalties, and programs.

Laws

Article 41 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 is titled the Uniform Controlled Substances Law, and encompasses laws regarding the possession, sale, and use of drugs. Section 41-29-139 manages prohibited acts and penalties for controlled substances. According to this Section, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally transfer, manufacture, distribute, or possess a controlled substance. Penalties for violations differ for each class of drugs. For Schedule I and II substances (i.e., substances of high abuse or dependency risk, lack of accepted safety, and little or no ...

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