MMS Statement on the Marijuana Bill Compromise

Henry L. Dorkin, MD, FAAP, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, released the following statement regarding the marijuana bill compromise:

“The Massachusetts Medical Society commends and thanks the Legislature for its diligence and thoughtful leadership and recommendations toward installing protections for the public’s health. We’re pleased that many facets of the bill are consistent with the advocacy efforts put forth by our membership. From a public health perspective, this compromise bill represents a significant step forward.

“Inclusion of public health experts within the Cannabis Control Commission structure and funding earmarked for public and behavioral health, prevention, treatment, intervention and critical research related to marijuana use demonstrate a focus on the health of the people of Massachusetts. 

“We are encouraged by the labeling and packaging requirements and the incorporation of warnings on marijuana products, as well as marketing and advertising restrictions in place to reduce youth consumption.

“We look forward to working in tandem with the Cannabis Control Commission on developing and implementing strategies that will increase protections and safety for all Massachusetts residents.”

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