BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) collected applications Thursday from over 100 prospective registered medical marijuana dispensary operators, marking the Phase I application deadline. With the passing of Thursday’s deadline, the Department of Public Health is continuing to stay on track for timely implementation the 2012 voter-approved medical marijuana program, as it moves […]
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BOSTON, MA — Medical marijuana supporters in Massachusetts will picket in front of the state Department of Public Health on Thursday to protest provisions in the state’s new medical marijuana regulations that limit patients to only one caregiver, banning home cultivation, and other restrictions. The protest, which is expected to take place between 2:00 and [...]
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BOSTON, MA — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill will hear public testimony next week on four proposals to add restrictions to Massachusetts’ yet-to-be-implemented medical marijuana law.
All four bills are designed to allow landlords, property owners, and municipal governments to ban the use of medical marijuana without such bans being considered discrimination due to a medical condition.
The four bills, all introduced by Rep. Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) and co-sponsored by lawmakers who have voted against sensible marijuana legislation in the passed, will be heard by the Joint Committee on The Judiciary next Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 1:00 pm in room A-1 at the State House.
House Bill 1663 would allow cities, towns, districts, school districts and regional school districts to regulate, including prohibiting, the use of marijuana, including medical use of marijuana used for medicinal purposes.
House Bill 2101 extends any existing marijuana smoking ban enacted by cities, towns, districts, school districts or regional school to automatically include medical marijuana, unless they vote to allow smoking medical marijuana on their properties.
BOSTON, MA – Independent labs will test marijuana for contaminants before it can be sold for medical purposes, Massachusetts health officials have decided.
That change is among dozens of revisions to rules dealing with the sale and consumption of medical marijuana drafted in March by the Department of Public Health.
The revisions resulted from more than 190 written comments submitted to the department by advocates on both sides of the issue, said Cheryl Bartlett, interim deputy health commissioner, before the final vote to adopt the regulations.
Few labs are expected to test marijuana products out of concern they might lose contracts with the federal government, the Globe reported last month. Medical marijuana is illegal under federal law.
To provide some legal protection, the new rules require the labs to register with the state.
Families will also find it easier to buy marijuana for their sick children under the changes. Patients less than 18 years of age with a “debilitating medical condition” no longer have to also have a “life-limiting” illness to be able to get a prescription for medical marijuana.
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BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Public Health Council voted Wednesday to approve the final regulations issued by the Department of Public Health (DPH) for the implementation of the state’s first medical marijuana program.
Wednesday’s approved regulations are the work of weeks of deliberation, during which DPH sought input from medical marijuana patients and other stakeholders, which allowed the patient community to successfully voice its concerns.
Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in coalition with Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA) and the ACLU have been working with DPH to offer guidance and recommendations regarding the proposed regulations.
“We applaud the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for continuing to work expeditiously to implement the state medical marijuana law,” said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. “We are pleased that many of the issues patients expressed concern about were improved from the draft regulations.”
The approved final regulations establish the framework for the Massachusetts medical marijuana program, or Question 3, which was ushered in last November by 63 percent of the state’s voters.
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