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Feds are Harassing Doctors in Massachusetts for Advising the State's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana in 2012.

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Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana in 2012. But you wouldn’t blame some doctors for getting cold feet about working with dispensaries.

According to reports, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been threatening doctors who are working in advisory roles with Massachusetts dispensaries and the groups that want to open them.

The Boston Globe says some of the M.D.s in question were visited by agents at their homes and told to cut their ties with dispensaries or face losing their federal licenses to prescribe certain drugs.

One doc was part of a group that was approved by the state to open a dispensary. “You either give up your [DEA] license or give up your position on the [dispensary group] board,” the doctor says the DEA told him.

Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, was not happy.

He notes that while a federal district court has ruled that doctors have the right to advise collectives in medical states, the ruling only applies to key Western states. He says:

"Medical marijuana dispensaries are not required to have medical advisors and these actions are likely to have a chilling effect. They’re not preventing the dispensaries from opening. They’re merely preventing those who run them from doing all they can to ensure they’re as safe and effective for patients as possible."

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