NATCHEZ — Ginny Ransom-Gonzalez wants to open a business in Adams County baking marijuana cookies and potentially other marijuana edibles. She presented her plan Monday to the Adams County Board of Supervisors, which agreed to take her plans under advisement. Ransom-Gonzales is a Natchez native. She has spent much of her adult life in California but has returned frequently to care for her ill mother
Following her mother’s death, Ransom-Gonzales came into possession of her family’s property on Starnes Road, where she grew up and where her parents, Barbara and George Ransom, operated a snack food distribution business for many years, she said. That property includes a warehouse used for her late parents’ business, which she said she would use to house her marijuana bakery business. “I first have to get the OK from the county,” Ransom-Gonzales said. “I have the property, I have the money. Now I need the OK from the county.” After receiving the county’s permission, she said she would then apply for a license from the Mississippi State Department of Health, which oversees all aspects of medical marijuana in Mississippi. “I went to the Mississippi cannabis convention in May and learned there are no marijuana bakeries in Mississippi,” Ransom-Gonzales said. “They make gummies here, but no bakeries.” Ransom-Gonzales was widowed in February 2021, when her husband, Tomas Gonzales, died of cancer. She said he suffered and sought treatment for years, until enrolling in hospice.