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Hemp Cultivation Task Force

The Mississippi Legislature established a 13-member Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session to consider the potential of hemp cultivation, market potential, and potential job creation in Mississippi.  With the enactment of House Bill 1547, the Mississippi Legislature specified that Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson serve as Chairman of the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force.

Under the legislation, the members of the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force are as follows:

  • The Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce or a designee;
  • The President of Mississippi State University or a designee;
  • The President of Alcorn State University or a designee;
  • A director of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy National Center for Natural Products Research or a designee;
  • The President of the Delta Council or a designee;
  • A representative of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office;
  • A representative of the Mississippi Attorney General’s office;
  • The Director of Pharmacy, Mississippi State Department of Health or a designee;
  • A member of the Mississippi House of Representatives designated by the Speaker of the House;
  • A member of the Mississippi Senate designated by the Lieutenant Governor;
  • The Commissioner of Public Safety or a designee;
  • The President of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation or a designee; and
  • A designee of the Governor.
Hemp Cultivation Task Force Members
Organization Name
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson (Chair)
Mississippi State University Wes Burger
Alcorn State University Edmund Buckner
University of MS School of Pharmacy National Center for Natural Products Research Larry Walker
Delta Council Paul Dees
Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office Brittany Ridinger
Mississippi Attorney General’s office Mike Lanford
Director of Pharmacy, Mississippi State Department of Health Meg Pearson
Mississippi House of Representatives Bill Pigott
Mississippi Senate Josh Harkins
Public Safety Marshall Fisher
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Andy Whittington
Governor Designee John Dowdy

 

Contact:
Chris McDonald
Director of Federal Affairs
MSHempTaskForce@mdac.ms.gov
Telephone: 601.359.1135


P.O. Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215
Fax: 601.359.1175