Frank Shaw

My name is Frank Shaw and I am a senior living in Ipswich, Massachusetts with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS since 1998. The medical marijuana movement began in San Francisco during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis when patients discovered that cannabis was the only thing that helped relieve their symptoms and suffering. I developed the Frank's Friends Initiative to help low-income HIV/AIDS patients receive reduced cost medical marijuana at participating dispensaries in Massachusetts.

In 2014, I co-founded the Cannabis Society of Massachusetts, a membership based non-profit that hosts informational events, networking nights, and private parties for our members and guests. As a result of Governor Baker's vape ban in September 2019 I was one of a handful of patients that sued the Governor and the Department of Public Health, which successfully resulted in medical marijuana vapes returning to dispensary shelves earlier than originally anticipated. 

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Thomas Steele

My name is Thomas Steele and I am a veteran and a cannabis patient. I served our nation in two wars, Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  As a result of my service in Iraq, I was diagnosed in 2010 with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I was later determined by the Veterans Administration to have a 100% service connected disability.  My story is not unique. There are many citizens of the Commonwealth who struggle with conditions for which cannabis has provided relief.

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