Vicente Sederberg, LLC
Vicente Sederberg is now offering a full range of legal services in Massachusetts for business owners interested in helping medical marijuana patients. On November 6, 2012, Massachusetts voters made Massachusetts the eighteenth state to allow medical marijuana, thereby allowing its 6.5 million residents access to this valuable medicine.
As of January 1, 2013, Question 3 eliminated state penalties for medical marijuana use for patients who meet the requirements, that is, patients with debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician, which could include chronic pain or mental conditions.
Millions of Massachusetts residents are potentially eligible for medical marijuana under Question 3. According to the Massachusetts Pain Initiative, approximately 24% of the Massachusetts general population experiences chronic pain, and according to Massachusetts General Hospital, an estimated 26% of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, in a given year.
Patients will be allowed to access medical marijuana from state-licensed stores known as “treatment centers” and in specific hardship cases, patients will be allowed to grow marijuana for their own use. If passed, the new law will allow up to 35 medical marijuana treatment centers to be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, with the possibly of more stores being added in the future.
The Massachusetts initiative is based on the best practices of 17 others states and the District of Columbia. It aims to create a safe and well regulated framework for patients to access medical marijuana under the care of their doctor. Question 3 gives patients in Massachusetts the right to choose their best course of treatment with their doctors.
UPDATE AUGUST 2 2013: PHASE 1 APPLICATION RELEASED
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released Phase 1 of the application process for a Registered Marijuana Dispensary license. Go here for more information. For questions or help with the RMD application process, call or email Vicente Sederberg today! Contact us.
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