Join registered medical marijuana patients, their family members and caregivers, medical professionals, and supporters of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance as we all listen and learn why the year 2019 is going to be the "Year of the Medical Marijuana Patient" from a variety of different perspectives. Learn why a variety of factors are shaping the year 2019 to be a major year for medical marijuana patients at the state and federal level.
With the Cannabis Control Commission now managing the medical marijuana program, amazing changes to the patient registration process are about to happen and there will be even more to changes to come with a medical marijuana regulatory update planned sometime in April. Some of these changes could include making the medical marijuana program more accessible for communities of color and those most harmed by prohibition. Other possible changes to the medical program include opening up business licensing to encourage accessibility for smaller farmers, businesses, and social equity participants to start medical marijuana patient focused endeavors. At the state level on Beacon Hill, there will also be many new bills introduced around medical use marijuana and we will let everyone know which ones to support and which ones to oppose.
Additionally at the Federal level, the first bi-partisan cannabis reform bill introduced into the 116th House of Representatives by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) was a re-introduction of the Compassionate Access, Research, Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act developed with the help of our national affiliate Americans for Safe Access. The CARERS Act would allow states to develop their own medical marijuana programs without fear of intervention from Federal authorities as well as allow physicians at the Department of Veterans Affairs to issue recommendations for veterans. We are all hopeful 2019 will be the year the CARERS Act passes through Congress. We will give everyone who attends this event information on how to contact their federal senators and representatives about co-signing this important piece of federal legislation.
The moderator of 2019 the Year of the Patient will be Nichole Snow the President of MPAA. Expect our featured speakers to be announced soon! Special guests will include members of the MPAA Advisory Board and also the Development Director of the MPAA Michael Latulippe who also serves as the Registered Qualifying Patient Advisor to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
6:00pm - 6:30pm Networking & Refreshments
6:30pm - 7:30pm Speakers & Panel Discussion
7:30pm - 8:00pm Networking & Wrap-up
Refreshments will be provided by our sponsors and the MPAA.
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About the Event Moderator Nichole Snow, President & Executive Director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance
After meeting hundreds of patients across the state of Massachusetts while advocating for their right to safe access, Nichole was invited to take a leadership role in the alliance in 2014. Since becoming director of the fledgling organization, Nichole worked with all stakeholders involved in the implementation of Ch.369, ‘An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana’ to craft and implement viable regulations, site over 100 safe access points across the Commonwealth, and grow the number certified patients from 153 in October of 2014 to a total of 52,536 as of July 31, 2018. Beginning her career in telecommunications, she now champions for patients’ rights to safe access to medical marijuana as the president & executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc. and currently sits as an ex-officio advisory board member to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
Nichole has cultivated relationships with well-known mainstream media outlets and holds a strong tie to the community through national, local, and social media. After suffering two major car accidents and enduring debilitating muscle spasms resulting from them, she retired from her telecommunications career to follow through with her dream of safe access for all.
What is the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance?
Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance represents the coalition of patients, providers and organizations that worked together to pass the ballot measure Question 3 in 2012 to legalize medical marijuana and establish a safely regulated medical marijuana program throughout the Commonwealth. MPAA is the primary stakeholder regarding the implementation of the Massachusetts medical marijuana program and we work with our base of over 15,000 supporters to impact safe access through educational endeavors and direct advocacy in cities and towns across MA. http://www.compassionforpatients.com/
What is the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance Foundation?
The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has the purpose of enhancing the public's understanding of medical marijuana and the laws, policies, and regulations related to its safe use.
Will there be medical marijuana at this event?
No. This is a non-consumption event. No medical marijuana is allowed to be consumed, exchanged, procured, or viewable by attendees of the event. Please focus on networking and making lasting relationships with other attendees.
Is this event open to the public?
Yes this event is free to attend for anyone interested in learning about the medical marijuana program in Massachusetts and enjoy some networking.
We welcome everyone to attend interested in learning about cannabis as medicine, where to access medical marijuana, and how individuals and family members can help their loved ones access medical cannabis.
What are my transportation/parking options?
There is plenty of parking around WeWork One Beacon including limited street parking as well as public parking garages nearby. If you need to carpool let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I attend?
We encourage everyone to attend who thinks they might be a candidate for medical marijuana or their loved one might benefit from cannabis. Information is power and learning about medical cannabis and its benefits can lead to positive outcomes in many instances for patients suffering from a wide range of debilitating conditions.
How can I get the most from this event?
This is a combined educational and networking event so bring your business card or some other means to stay in contact with the people you meet.
Instagram / Twitter / Facebook Tips
One of the best ways to connect with fellow participants at our events is to use common hashtags when tweeting, facebooking, or instagramming about the event. Don't forget to take photos and share them with everyone using the hastags below. #MassPatients #RememberSafeAccess #SafeAccessNow #MMJFirst #MAPatients
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Views or opinions expressed by speakers or sponsors at our local Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA) educational events do not necessarily express the opinion or views of the MPAA organization or MPAA Foundation and we do not take responsibility for the views expressed or the actions of speakers or sponsors at our local events. The MPAA does not distribute or consume cannabis in any form at our events.
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