Medical marijuana: What the new law in Mass. means

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November 8, 2012, 8:39 am
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(NECN) - On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure clearing the way for the sale and use of medical marijuana in the Bay State.

Marijuana is still considered illegal by the federal government.

So how will the drug be sold and regulated?

Dr. Kevin Hill, Addiction Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital's Drug Abuse Treatment Program, stopped by "The Morning Show" to share the following:

Massachusetts the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The Department of Public Health is charged writing the rules within about four months to fully implement the law, within the framework outlined on the ballot, and registering at least one nonprofit distribution center in each county, with up to 35 allowed in 2013.

The law, which will take effect Jan. 1, calls for the DPH to issue a set of regulations within 120 days after that.  

The DPH must decide what amount of marijuana constitutes the 60-day supply -- register treatment centers that will distribute the marijuana; and register the treatment center's personnel.

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