MMA Board Approves Policy Revisions on Recreational Cannabis, Healthful Food Options

7/15/2021
At its July 12 meeting, the MMA Board of Trustees approved two Pulse-submitted proposals dealing with the MMA’s current policies on recreational cannabis and healthful food options in Minnesota healthcare facilities.  

The revision to the recreational cannabis policy, submitted by an MMA member, calls for adding one line to the current MMA policy (530.999) that notes “prenatal cannabis exposure before or after maternal knowledge of pregnancy may increase the risk for psychopathology during middle childhood.”
 
At the time the MMA Public Health Committee drafted its original recreational cannabis policy proposal, the research to support the inclusion of language around the increased risk of psychopathology during middle childhood was not available.

Of members who reviewed the policy proposal via The Pulse, 76 percent voted in favor of the Board taking action.  

The revision to the healthful food options policy, submitted by an MMA trustee, calls for archiving the current MMA policy (530.74) on “Health Care Facility Food and Obesity” and replacing it with AMA policy that encourages healthful food options be available, at reasonable prices and easily accessible, on the premises of healthcare facilities.

Of members who reviewed the policy proposal on The Pulse, 90 percent voted in favor of the Board taking action.  

The Pulse, available only to MMA members, can be used to submit policy proposals for MMA consideration, vote on policy proposals prior to MMA Board action, and provide feedback on decisions made by the MMA Board.