MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts residents and activists protested outside the Department of Public Health Tuesday to rally for medical cannabis use for patients in need.
About 60 advocates protested the inaction of the Massachusetts government in granting patients access to medical cannabis, which was legalized in the Commonwealth in November 2012. More than 20 dispensaries were approved in Massachusetts, but the organization that planned the rally, #UNACCEPTABLE Coalition, claims that the DPH was unable to follow through because of shortcomings in the dispensary application process.
“This is no longer okay, and we demand the Department of Public Health immediately begin to open up the program and allow for patients to access safe and quality cannabis medicines through experienced caregivers able to serve multiple patients, and clean, well-lit dispensary facilities,” the group said in a Tuesday press release.
No dispensaries have been opened, said Bill Downing, spokesman for Yankee Care Givers, a company that sells and delivers cannabis to those who have a medical need.