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Medical marijuana regulations are in effect in Massachusetts as of today, March 24, 2013. This follows a comprehensive series of town hall meeting and public hearing, and a unanimous vote of support from the Public Health Council earlier this month. For more information, you can visit the DPH medical marijuana info page.

Hundreds of stakeholders played a role in the development of these regulations, which have been called “impressive,” and “a model to the rest of the country.” See some of the top statements of support below.


“A model to the rest of the country as more and more states look to legalize medical marijuana. …These comprehensive regulations balance the very real need of many patients in our state suffering from debilitating conditions and the safety and protection of the general public, including our young people.”
— State Representative Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)

“The process was deliberative and, as far as we can tell, focused on the right things: making a secure therapy available to patients and preventing diversion of the drug to those for whom it is not intended.” 
— New Bedford Standard Times

“Congratulations on a regulatory tour de force. Future regulators will be studying this, this process.” 
— Paul Lanzikos, Public Health Council member

“DPH has done its due diligence in developing regulations to carry out the intent of the law approved by voters last November, while protecting health and safety.” 
— Fall River Herald News, 5/8/13

"The regulations .. are very impressive.  They represent high levels of state regulation that are both going to allow patients safe access to their medicine while including the controls to make sure the communities are safe and secure."
— Matthew Allen, executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance

“We applaud the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for continuing to work expeditiously to implement the state medical marijuana law. We are pleased that many of the issues patients expressed concern about were improved from the draft regulations.”
— Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access

 “The Department of Public Health has done a thoughtful and responsible job overall in developing regulations to implement the medical marijuana law.”
— President Richard Aghababian, M.D., Mass. Medical Society


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