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On Monday, September 22, medical marijuana patients and advocates will host a press conference in the Massachusetts State House during which they’ll convey their frustrations with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s handling of the licensing process.

Taking place in room 350 at 11 a.m., people suffering from such conditions as cancer, MS, seizure disorder and severe chronic pain, to name a few, will lead the charge against MassDPH while at the same time using their experience and knowledge with the remedy to suggest to Governor Deval Patrick a number of amendments be made to how licensure is determined.

“There is so much the administration could have done to move things forward. At this point, with the lack of movement, I think it is politics,” Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA) Executive Director Matt Allen told the Boston Globe on Friday. “The perception is that it would be more convenient for them to slow walk this until the governor gets out of office.”

To put into perspective why Allen and his MPAA constituents are voicing their concerns and suffering all the while, consider that Massachusetts voters approved the Medical Use of Marijuana ballot initiative in November 2012. Since then, the states of Washington and Colorado have successfully launched the first legalized recreational marijuana dispensaries. The recreational variety of marijuana, of course, is arguably surrounded in more controversy given the massive legal precedent it sets.

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