Letter: Dispensary delays
The law commanded the agency to have at least one treatment center open and serving patients in each county by early last winter. The law is also explicit that until treatment centers are open, qualified patients with a recommendation or their designated caregiver registered with the department may obtain marijuana from the “black market” or grow; clearly, an incentive for prompt compliance by the department with its duties.
The department is fiddling and diddling in its duty to register treatment centers. Meanwhile it objects to caregivers with the ability to get marijuana for patients to do so for more than one patient. It is blind to the fact that most patients do not have the ability to grow or otherwise get the variety of the herb they need “on just about every busy street corner or side alley in the commonwealth.” An herb that makes them feel better and happier by reducing or eliminating their consumption of prescription drugs that are less effective at treating their conditions and have unpleasant and potentially deadly side effects. Some now think it is even money that the state’s prohibition will be repealed before the first treatment center opens.
STEVEN S. EPSTEIN