Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
Nationally recognized leaders in the medicinal marijuana industry, a local top public health law firm and a leading public affairs consulting firm have joined with local patients and business leaders to form the first major trade association advocating for the legal operation of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Association (MMMA) was created after significant public input was gathered through successful public meetings and events that were convened by its founders in late 2012, following the passage of Ballot Question 3.
The MMMA’s public policy team will be led by the nationally recognized Medical Marijuana law firm, Vicente Sederberg, whose partners have advised numerous state and local governments on the implementation of medical marijuana policies. The association has retained Boston’s leading healthcare law firm, Donoghue, Barrett and Singal, to advise and advocate for the Association and its clients on state and local regulatory matters, while state lobbying efforts will be spearheaded by the prominent government relations firm, Beacon Strategies Group.
“The MMMA is the only association in Massachusetts with the experience and expertise in successfully implementing medical marijuana legislation,” said Shaleen Title, Executive Director of MMMA and a Partner with Vicente Sederberg. "We look forward to utilizing this understanding and knowledge the issue to educate clients and policy makers."
Roger Donoghue, a Partner at Donoghue, Barrett and Singal and a Senior Advisor to MMMA added, “medical marijuana represents a significant but complex issue from a regulatory perspective in terms of both public health and public safety. The MMMA seeks to advise and advocate on behalf of the interests of its clients and the general public, which overwhelmingly supported this policy at the polls in November.”
The MMMA's official launch event will be a training focused on operations of a medical marijuana business. It will be held from 6-8pm at the Omni Parker House in Boston on Thursday, February 7. In addition to state-specific legal and regulatory updates from MMMA, the program will feature professional dispensary operators and expert consultants from several states with existing dispensary operations.
The MMMA will be affiliated with the industry’s national trade association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, sharing resources and collaborating on state and federal policy matters. “In associating with the MMMA, the National Cannabis Industry Association has found a strong partner to thoughtfully represent the interests of patients, community activists and local business leaders,” said NCIA Executive Director, Aaron Smith. “We look forward to working with MMMA on the implementation of this important legislation.”
About the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Association: The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Association (MMMA) is a member-based professional organization that seeks to advance the interests of Massachusetts' medical marijuana profession and the patients that it serves. Founded in 2012, after the passage of the statewide ballot question legalizing medical marijuana, the MMMA and its members are committed to meeting the needs of patients through strict adherence to the laws of the Commonwealth and the highest level of standards that preserves the integrity of the profession and all that it serves. MMMA is the leading source of information and advice for prospective patients, dispensary owners, suppliers, growers and contractors. Learn more at http://www.masscannabis.org