Lawmakers discuss improving services for medical marijuana patients at dispensaries

Boston Statehouse

BOSTON, Mass (WWLP) – Medical marijuana patients are supposed to get preferred treatment at Massachusetts cannabis dispensaries.

It’s been five months since the state’s first recreational pot shop opened, but medical marijuana patients say they’re not getting what they need at dual dispensaries.

Medical marijuana patients were the focus of a State House panel discussion Wednesday. While dual dispensaries provide reserved parking spots and separate lines, medical patients found that once they got inside their product options were limited. 

Michael Latulippe, patient advisor for Cannabis Control Commission, told 22News, “In the future, I think we need to work on if it’s an adult use product it can be easily transferred to a medical product and sold to a medical marijuana patient without much of a disruption.”

Policy makers also found that doctors weren’t informed about effective medical marijuana options, leading them to prescribe addictive alternatives like opioids. 

Cannabis professionals want to have specialists sit with medical marijuana patients to see which strains of THC would work best for their health. Then they would recommend products and prescribe an appropriate dose. 

The groups objective is to help dispensary workers better serve medical marijuana patients.

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