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On Monday, September 22nd, 2014, at 11am, members of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA) and other medical marijuana advocates and activists from around the state of Massachusetts will be holding a press conference to draw national attention to their state’s failure to implement the approved medical marijuana program.
The press conference will be held at the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Street in Boston in room 350. The event will last roughly 50 minutes and will feature the testimony of medical marijuana patients and advocates. Massachusetts citizens with a wide range of qualifying conditions will be speaking, including individuals with conditions such as seizure disorders, cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS) and severe chronic pain.
The patients speaking will focus on both how the implementation of the law so far as been too slow and too prohibitive for many patients as well as on how the state program can move forward. The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance’s Executive Director Matt Allen was quoted in a Boston Globe article by Scott Lehigh published last Friday, which takes the Governor to task over politicizing people’s safe access to medicine instead of acting swiftly and with compassion.
The website for the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance is here, and their Facebook page is here. With any luck, there will be mainstream media attention on this press conference, which will increase the pressure on state politicians to take action, such as approving a better caregiver provision for the law, which currently allows each caregiver to only serve one patient.
For previous Ladybud articles about Massachusetts and the medical marijuana program in the state, click here.