Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This month's Public Health Council meeting featured an in-depth presentation on newly proposed draft regulations to support the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Massachusetts. The draft regulations were created after Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question on the issue last November.
DPH staff brief the PHC on the draft regulations on the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Next steps in the process include a series of public hearings on the draft regulations which will take place concurrently on Friday, April 19th in Boston, Northampton, and Plymouth. The Department will then review the sum total of public comments received during this period, and present a final version of the regulations to the PHC on May 8th.
Today's PHC meeting also included a discussion on a Dermination of Need request for transfer of ownership of South Shore Hospital, Inc. with respect to a change in corporate control. As part of the DON, Partners HealthCare System, Inc. proposes to become the sole corporate member of South Shore Educational Hospital and Educational Corporation. Following discussion, the Council voted to approve the DON request.
Finally, the Council voted to approve final regulations related to the Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive.
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