If you have any feedback about the Massachusetts medical marijuana program, including regulatory or legislative suggestions, make an appointment with the registered qualifying patient advisor on the Cannabis Advisory Board.
Qualifying patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders in the Massachusetts medical marijuana program are welcome to make appointments through this platform to meet with the patient representative on the Cannabis Advisory Board.
Express your position and see if regulatory changes are warranted.
See if the concerns you seek to address will require a legislative fix.
Share your experience being a patient in Massachusetts
Frank Shawwas appointed the Registered Qualifying Patient Advisor to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board in 2021 by the President
of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc. and is serving
his first two year term which ends in 2023. Working with
other members of the 25 person Cannabis Advisory Board,
Frank develops regulatory recommendations for the
Cannabis Control Commission to consider which aim to improve the Medical Marijuana Program.
Improving the Medical Marijuana Program Starts Here
Improving the lives of registered qualifying patients can start simply by sharing your personal experiences with the patient advisor because those stories inform recommendations made through the Cannabis Advisory Board.
Make an Appointment
The first thing you should do to advocate for changes to the medical program is to make a meeting with the registered qualifying patient advisor.
Patient Advisor Consideration
Second, the registered qualifying patient advisor will consider the information presented and determine whether a change may be warranted.
Cannabis Advisory Board Consideration
The patient advisor then presents recommendations to an advisory board subcommittee, that if passed, goes to the full advisory board for consideration.
Cannabis Commission Consideration
If the full advisory board approves a recommendation made by a subcommittee, it then goes for consideration by the Cannabis Control Commission.
Your Experience Matters
Meeting with the registered qualifying patient advisor to share your personal experiences with the medical marijuana program is an important part of the regulatory process and allows for real patients to impact positive outcomes for themselves and other patients.
Make regulatory suggestions that will help improve safe access for medical marijuana patients and safeguard that access from any interference.
When particular topics are enshrined into law, it becomes important to work with the legislature on legislation to address those particular topics.
When troubleshooting topics for medical patients, sometimes waivers and administrative changes are possible to resolve the issue.
Make An Appointment
The registered qualifying patient advisor is currently available to meet with qualifying patients, caregivers, Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MTC) operators, and other stakeholders via Zoom weekdays from 9am to 5pm.