Massachusetts First Dispensary Get's OK'd
On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker issued a one-time, temporary waiver aimed at helping the state's first marijuana dispensary begin selling pot for medicinal purposes. The Alternative Therapy Group of Salem has been given permission to sell marijuana for medical use with a label that discloses to the consumer the chemicals that were not tested.
"Patients have waited to access marijuana for medical purposes for far too long," Baker stated. "This waiver will allow industry laboratories a little more time to reach full operation while providing safe amounts of medical marijuana for qualifying patients who need it." Under the three-month waiver, Alternative Therapy Group is permitted to dispense a maximum of 4.23 ounces of marijuana to any qualifying patient for their 60-day supply. Also, each patient must be given instructions to consume no more than 2 grams per day. Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders backed Baker's decision saying, "The waiver allows for small amounts of marijuana to be dispensed for medical use while testing facilities ramp up."
Massachusetts voters have been becoming more openminded to easing up on the strict marijuana laws. Two pro-marijuana groups are looking to question fully legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in next year's ballot.