Massachusetts health officials have scheduled three public listening sessions where residents of the Bay State will be able to voice their concerns, questions, or feedback regarding the state’s new medical marijuana program.
The MA Department of Public Health is required to have regulations established by May 1st, and they are currently seeking feedback on a number of specific topics.
The DPH released a flier on Wednesday outlining the issues, including: the criteria for deciding which types of conditions patients must have to be authorized for medical marijuana use; security requirements for treatment centers; defining the quantity of marijuana that constitutes a 60 day supply, criteria for the use of marijuana in food products for medical purposes; and the requirements for people who apply to grow their own marijuana because of financial hardship or lack of reasonable transportation to a dispensary.
On Tuesday, interim public health commissioner Dr. Lauren Smith explained that the meetings have been planned because “We [the DPH] feel it’s important to hear what the concerns are.”
The three hour sessions will be held in Worcester, Boston, and Holyoke. Each person who wants to speak will be given three minutes to share their opinions.
The Worcester session will be held on February 13 from 2 to 5 pm at the Worcester Public Library Saxe Room. The Boston Session will be held on February 14 from 10 am to 1 pm at Roxbury Community College Reggie Lewis Track & Athlete Center. The Holyoke session will be held on February 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Holyoke Community College Kittredge Business Center.
Written comments will also be accepted through February 28 at the Department of Public Health, Attention: Medical Marijuana Listening Sessions, 250 Washington St., 2d Floor, Boston MA 02108.