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December 3, 2012

Doctors group seeks guidelines on marijuana

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Medical Society is calling on the state to develop a clear set of regulations and guidelines for implementation of medical marijuana in the state.

A ballot question approved by voters will allow doctors to recommend marijuana for patients with certain conditions, including cancer, AIDS and glaucoma. The law would establish up to 35 nonprofit dispensaries around the state.

The organization, which opposed the ballot question, said it would advocate that marijuana registration cards only be provided after a determination is made that a patient’s pain or symptoms cannot be treated with conventional therapies.

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