BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst and Brookline Rep. Frank Smizik are co-sponsoring the bill. They say it would establish a registration process for patients suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses, such as cancer or AIDS.

WBZ NewsRadio 103o’s Doug Cope reports

A physician would need to confirm the condition in writing for a patient to receive marijuana from one of the 19 dispensaries planned under the bill.

Patients and dispensaries would be registered with the Department of Public Health, which would regulate the process.

Sufferers of chronic illness showed overwhelming support for the bill Tuesday at a hearing of the Legislature’s public health committee.

Medical marijuana is legal in 16 states, including Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine.

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Comments (5)
  1. steve says:

    As much as I agree with this, again I see State overstepping their boundaries. The state doesn’t dictate which drugs doctors can prescribe for illnesses now, why would it be any different with marijuana. I think doctors should know it’s medicinal purposes a little better than lawmakers. If a doctor feels it is a safe effective alternative to an opiate drug for an illness shouldn’t he/she be able to prescribe it to whichever patient he/she sees fit? The state isn’t coming around telling them who they can prescribe oxycotin to. But they’re going to tell them who they can prescribe marijuana to?

  2. Brinna Nanda says:

    Re: Radio spot.

    If I hear “it sends the wrong message to children” one more time, my head will explode.

    I am not going to live my life based on possible misunderstandings by children – and neither should any other adult.

  3. Jillian Galloway says:

    On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us.” After forty years of trying to destroy “the drug menace in America” we still *haven’t* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn’t* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

    It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn’t* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite the Mexican drug cartels to murder thousands of people every year.

    We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

    1. steve says:

      Well said Jillian, couldn’t agree more

  4. Massvocals says:

    The state is unscrupulous at least the black market get you what you need at price , med marijuana is not the way to go out right legalization nothing more the state and cops will call for regulation and nothing will change even the sick will be busted just look around ya in 16 other states Massachusetts we need to legalize out right man everything in Massachusetts is illegal its time we took back liberty but its in the right direction but will never pass its lib service

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