There is a nasty bill on the floor that would severely limit the Medical Marijuana program in Massachusetts. If enacted, the bill would:
• Limit cultivation and distribution (separately licensed) to between 3 &10 facilities statewide;
• Eliminate a doctor’s ability to add to the 8 illnesses identified in the existing law, allowing new conditions only after a restrictive DPH hearing process;
• Require certifying doctors to be specialists in, and be the patient’s primary treating physician for, the patient’s listed illness; thus if the patient’s treating physician refused to certify the patient, it appears there would be no other doctor able to otherwise certify the patient, unless the patient found a new specialist willing to take the patient on and certify the patient for medical use;
• Set a $25,000 nonrefundable application fee for cultivation license applicants;
• Ask DPH to set “compensation limits” for executive staff, employees and board members of the dispensary & cultivation licensees;
• Limit legal possession of useable medicine to 2 oz./patient;
• Eliminate doctor protections; the bill would protect only the discussion of the medicine’s risks, omitting protection for any certification done in compliance with the law;
• Add to a doctor’s required certification, a further finding that existing meds “are not or would not be effective” for the debilitating condition.
Click here for a sample letter expressing opposition to this bill. This can be emailed to Keenan/Sanchez and should be copied to your State Representative. If you don’t live in Mass, please forward to any patients, clients, or supporters you know in Massachusetts.
1. Copy body of letter into an email.
2. Personalize the sample text.
3. Include your name and address at the Signature Line
4. Click on the link to find out who your Senator/Rep is for your town
5. Copy email address and name, insert this at the bottom of the letter
6. Copy all email addresses into the “Send” field of the email
8. Forward this message to as many Mass Residents as you know and encourage them to do the same.
The bill is sponsored by Senate Chairman John F. Keenan and a favorable committee vote on the bill is likely. We urge you to contact your own state senators and state representatives — and your lobbyists if you have one — to voice your opposition and find out where they stand, this week. Let us know if you need help with talking points or questions raised by your legislators or lobbyists.