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UPDATED: CannaMed Opens; Says Booked Through End of February

Practice's only purpose is to write recommendations for patients who want medical marijuana.

As of the first of January any doctor in Massachusetts can now write a recommendation for a patient who seeks marijuana for medical purposes.

However, no dispensary exists to fulfill that recommendation, but that hasn't stopped a California company from opening this week a medical practice that will focus only on writing recommendations for medical marijuana.

CannaMed told New England Cable News (NECN) it is booked solid with appointments through the end of February.

Renee Nunez told NECN Tuesday, "People have been calling since November."

The ; which still has not made public, for fear of more issues.

Even on the CannaMed website and its Facebook page, it still lists its only location in Massachusetts at 945 Concord St.

CannaMed physicians don't diagnose illnesses, they base their recommendations off of pre-existing conditions. Patients are asked to bring or submit their medical records.

If CannaMed approves a patient for medical marijuana use they write a recommendation and charge $199. 

"It allows you to posses, to cultivate for your own supply, and allows you access to treatment centers and dispensaries when they do open," Nunez told NECN.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been given oversight of implementing the rules of the new medical marijuana law, which takes effect in 2013, including how patients can get the drug.

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin said the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) estimated the Health Department's rules & regulations may come in April, but the MMA was recommending everything be delayed until July 1.

CannaMed does not sell marijuana or even direct patients to where they could get it.  They also don't do background checks.  An individual with a prior conviction for distributing marijuana would not necessarily be ruled out, reported NECN.

Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question in November 2012, that made the Commonwealth the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Beginning in 2013, patients with HIV, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, or other very serious and painful conditions can now obtain a card from the state permitting them to purchase and possess up-to a 60-day supply of marijuana.

Steve Adams January 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
This is called reporting??!! I saw the report on NECN too!! how about trying to find out where they are?
MaryJane Cali January 16, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Why does anyone need to know where they are located? only 2 reasons to know: to protest or to get marijuana.
MaryJane Cali January 16, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Steve: What to go find the address together? I share my stash with you as you seen very interested in getting some.
Gerald C W Heng Sr. January 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Isn't it rather amazing that de marijuana used by Native American Medicine Men for centuries is now lawfully permitted ! The Clash of Occidental and Oriental Civilization is deeply entrenched even up to this day and age !We seem to need a new Emancipation Proclaimation ! Gerald Heng Sr. Metrowest Boston,MA. USA.
hammingitup January 17, 2013 at 03:01 AM
So this company is booked through February. Where are these people getting the marijuana? out of state? Should the state have said no recommendation until you can get the drug?? Poor legislation.
Mike January 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I believe you can grow your own medicine until dispensaries are set to open.. This is the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition! These are happy times! No more opiates for pain control, pot is so much safer! These doctors are so quick to prescribe all types of harmful drugs for chronic pain and anxiety but marijuana is so demonized! So backwards! There is no reason for these laws to get in the way of what works best for the patient.. It Should be up to the doctor and patient on what is best for said individual. The same people that ran prohibition are involved in this issue! They will fold!
Chris Gagen February 07, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Let's see... non-toxic, non-lethal, non-addictive and organic or opiates that if abused will lead to a heroine addiction. Drug dealers aren't wearing Tie Dies with ponytails growing medicine, the real ones wear lab coats and work for Pfizer or GlaxoSmithKlein. If you can grow your own medicine.. do it! If you can't due to your age or health issues, safe access needs to be provided. Also lets not forget the poor people who due to ailments cannot medicate via smoke and need a different delivery system such as edibles.. This issue needs to be put to bed. Legislate, regulate and medicate!!
Gerald C W Heng Sr. February 08, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Its really a good time to give the Native American Medicine Man's medicinal relief to the latter day Amercans, without Criminalizing the Use thereof ! Gerald Heng Sr. Washington DC [vacationing]

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