Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law goes into effect in early January, and members of the MMJ community from other states are planning on being a part of the state’s new industry.
CannaMed and Integr8, medical marijuana business that provide doctor recommendations to patients in California and Maine respectively, plan to open two locations in Massachusetts– one in Cambridge and one in Framingham.
In order to be eligible to possess and use medical marijuana, Massachusetts patients must be verified by a physician to have one of the state’s qualifying debilitating illnesses.
Many general physicians do not want to recommend medical marijuana, due to the drug’s illegal status under federal law. That is where companies like CannaMed and Integr8 come in.
CannaMed regional manager Richard Tav explained of the decision to expand to the east coast, “We’ve been planning this for quite a while.”
CannaMed charges $199 for a recommendation. It is the oldest medical marijuana consultation business in Thousand Oaks, CA, having been established in 2004. Integr8 is more expensive, charging $300 for new patient visits.
As the January start-date approaches, it is certain that more and more businesses will be opening to help serve patients who want to be a part of Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program. Since both Integr8 and CannaMed already have experience in the field and positive track records of compliance with state laws, hopefully they will provide a positive example for others looking to open consultation centers in the future.