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CEO Of Massachusetts Health Giant Will Also Lead Marijuana Non-Profit
TruthOnPot.com – The largest mental health and human services agency in Massachusetts, ServiceNet, may soon be sharing its longtime director with a non-profit marijuana dispensary, reports The Greenfield Recorder.
Susan Stubbs, president and CEO of ServiceNet, recently announced her plan to lead the newly established Farm House Compassionate Care in an email to her staff.
While acknowledging that some may be upset to hear of her involvement with medical marijuana, Stubbs outlined why she felt compelled to do so.
Her email mentioned a recent consultation with a pharmacy that supported marijuana’s safety as a medicine.
“A doctor I know recently confessed to me privately that he wished he could prescribe marijuana instead of oxycodone for pain management, not only because it’s less addictive, but also because it has fewer side effects.”
She also noted its benefits in the treatment of cancer.
“As you probably know, marijuana can bring enormous relief to cancer patients. In addition to reducing their pain, it can also reduce nausea and allow people to eat again. There is no way to measure these gifts.”
Farm House Compassionate Care was one of five groups to apply for a license to open in Hampshire County.
In total, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health received 181 medical marijuana dispensary applications for different counties in the state.
Stubbs expressed her desire to participate in helping patients access medical marijuana through the Farm House by committing herself to ensure that the dispensary is “launched responsibly” if selected for a license.
“I believe that medical marijuana should be available to people who need it, and that patients should have the opportunity to seek this treatment in a respectful, safe environment where they don’t feel stigmatized by their needs.”
35 licenses are planned to be given out near the end of the year, including one in each of the 13 commonwealth counties.