[MMA News Now, Jan. 23, 2014]
With 21 states now allowing the use of medical marijuana and legislation pending in St. Paul, marijuana is a hot issue. The MMA will host a policy forum
on the topic to gather input from members on March 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center
“Although we’ve discussed this in the past, we have not passed a policy that would guide us on legislative action,” said Robert Meiches, M.D., MMA CEO. “We decided that with the pending legislation at the Capitol that it’s time again to hear from members and discuss the pros and cons of taking a position.”
Bills were introduced in the House and the Senate during the 2013 session but didn’t go far. There is growing support to have the bills heard this session.
In 1999, the MMA adopted the following policy: “The MMA takes no position on a legislative proposal to exempt from criminal and civil penalties the use of marijuana for qualifying persons to mitigate symptoms or effects of a medical condition and to protect physicians providing documentation needed for such use from arrest, prosecution or disciplinary action.” The MMA House of Delegates retained the policy in 2009.
“We want to hear from our members again on this one,” Meiches said.