BOSTON — Proposed changes to Massachusetts’ medical marijuana regulations aim to make it easier for patients in hospice care to access medical marijuana. But patient advocates say the new rules will not address the fact that the process takes too long and would not help patients who are being cared for at home.
“Hospice patients are literally out of time,” said Elizabeth Dost, clinical director for the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, which represents medical marijuana patients. “The patient’s average length of stay (in hospice) in Massachusetts is 35 to 45 days. By the time they access cannabis, they are often deceased.”