MMS: DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations 'Thoughtful and Responsible'

Contact: Richard P. Gulla
781-434-7101
rgulla@mms.org

Statement of Richard V. Aghababian, MD, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, following the release of proposed regulations for the medical marijuana law:

"The Department of Public Health has done a thoughtful and responsible job with a difficult task in proposing regulations to implement the medical marijuana law. The regulations take into account many of our major concerns, especially those relative to definitions of the physician-patient relationship, qualifying patient, and certifying physician. DPH has also narrowed the boundaries of medical conditions and allowed for physician judgment in determining what conditions may qualify for medical marijuana, and has included use of the Prescription Monitoring Program in certifying patients. 

"The Medical Society, which still advocates that clinical research needs to be conducted to show the safety and effectiveness of marijuana as medicine, will continue its detailed review of the proposed regulations to provide specific  responses and recommendations at the upcoming public hearings."

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s leading medical journals; the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters covering 11 specialties; and AIDS Clinical Care. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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