Concerns Grow Over Mass. Medical Marijuana Limits

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    Under current proposed regulations, patients would be able to possess up to 10 ounces of pot (Published Saturday, Feb 1, 2014)

    (NECN: Jennifer Eagan) - A local police department showed NECN roughly 10 ounces of marijuana.

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has suggested 10 ounces be the limit for a 60 day supply of medical marijuana. That proposed limit has sparked concern among some in law enforcement, including Westborough Police Chief Alan Gordon.  

    He says 10 ounces of marijuana could be anywhere from 300 to 500 joints.  

    "If people are awake for 14 hours a day, they could be doing five joints, maybe six," he said.

    Gordon worries people could end up driving under the influence, selling off what they don't need and that marijuana could end up in the hands of teenagers.  

    "They find ways to get it now," Gordon said of teens getting a hold of the drug. "The more you put out there the easier it is going to be for them to get a hold of it."

    Advocates for cannabis use say there are many different ways of using marijuana and different ways require different amounts.  

    "A lot of people grind up rather large amounts of marijuana and put it in food they really could use it at that rate," Andy Gaus of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition said of the 10 ounce rule.

    "My feeling is if you think it’s a calamity if some people get a hold of some marijuana and get high, you’re a fool," Gaus added.

    Chief Gordon says he understands the need for ailing patients to have access to marijuana.  

    "It will help some people out, but there’s always chance for abuse there," he says.

    The Department of Public Health is in the process of holding hearing about their proposed rules. They expect to finalize them sometime in May. Under their suggested regulations a doctor could recommend more than 10 ounces over 60 days so long as they provide an explanation.