Despite some tense moments, including the expulsion of advocate Robert Chase for interrupting the session following the public-comments period, the committee voted in favor of adding education and consultation on medical-marijuana use to the current definition of caregiver. In addition, the caregiver waiver process was broadened. In the past, patients had to provide evidence that they'd be harmed if a caregiver wasn't given a waiver. But the committee now recommends that benefits the patient will enjoy if the caregiver receives a waiver will also be considered.
These recommendations will go before the Board of Health in April, so they're not yet set in stone. Nevertheless, Lamoureux sees them as positives.
As she puts it, "Given everything that's going on right now with rule-making, with 1284 [the main MMJ regulatory law] and 1043 [a new cleanup bill], there continue to be small victories and movement forward for patient and caregiver rights."
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