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March 30, 2013

State issues proposed medical pot regulations

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The requirement that each dispensary operates its own cultivation facility “allows for uniform seed-to-sale control and maximum security,” the agency said. No wholesale distribution of marijuana products would be allowed.

In a small number of “hardship” cases, individual patients would be allowed to cultivate marijuana at their own homes.

The voter-approved law does not require patients to get prescriptions but only written recommendations from doctors for medical marijuana.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, D-Boston, the House chairman of the Legislature’s public health committee, said the draft rules were only a midpoint in what will be a lengthy regulatory process.

“There is still time for citizens to weigh in on this proposal and I encourage them to do so ... through the public hearings or through written comment,” Sanchez said.

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