State regulators moved Wednesday toward making it significantly easier for patients to gain access to medical marijuana, proposing an overhaul of a program hobbled by missteps when it dawned three years ago.
The rules would allow nurse practitioners to certify patients for marijuana use, similar to the way such nurses already write prescriptions for other medicines. Now, only physicians can certify patients for medical marijuana use.
Under that change, Massachusetts would join a handful of other states — New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington — that allow advance practice nurses to authorize patients for marijuana use, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C., organization that tracks marijuana laws and lobbies for legalization. [Read more at Boston Globe]