Health leaders to discuss proposed changes to state’s medical marijuana law

More than 33,000 patients in Massachusetts

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Department of Public Health has scheduled a hearing in Holyoke Thursday, to discuss proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana law.

The proposal policy changes aim to fix some of the issues patients have faced when attempting to get a medical marijuana prescription, by streamlining the process.

Under one of the proposed changes, patients wouldn’t have to see a doctor to get a prescription. Nurse practitioners would be able to prescribe the drug, making it easier for patients in hospice care or nursing homes to get a prescription. Anyone under the age of 18 would still need to see a doctor for a prescription.

According to the state, there are 173 doctors registered to prescribe marijuana in Massachusetts, and are the only people in the state who can do so for more than 33,000 patients.

The Department of Public Health has already held a public hearing in Boston earlier this week, to discuss the proposed changes.

The meeting in Holyoke on Thursday will take place at Holyoke Community College, at 10:00 a.m.