MMS Outlines Proposed Criteria for New Medical Marijuana Law

The chief policy-making body of the Massachusetts Medical Society today passed a set of recommendations relating to the state’s new medical marijuana law, calling for the MMS to advocate for the development of appropriate certification criteria for certification for medical marijuana use.

The resolution, approved by the MMS House of Delegates at its Interim Meeting, also calls for the Society to work with the Board of Registration in Medicine to define the physician-patient relationship required for such treatment.

MMS also voted to advocate for the development of physician licensing standards for marijuana certification, and specifications for marijuana registration cards for patients.

Saturday’s resolution also calls for MMS to advocate for regulations reflecting the implications of medical use of marijuana on occupational health and safety. New Massachusetts regulations should include comprehensive treatment recommendations developed in 2010 by the American Society on Addiction Medicine.

Marijuana should be included within the existing state Prescription Monitoring Program, and physicians who prescribe it should be exempted from existing state peer-reporting requirements, the resolution stated.

–Erica Noonan

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