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State may miss deadline to issue medical marijuana rules

The November ballot referendum that legalized marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts required that regulations be issued by May 1 to implement the law, but state health officials say the complexity of the issue has proven so daunting that they are unlikely to complete final rules by that deadline.

The referendum left dozens of ­crucial details to be decided by regulators, including the ailments for which patients could use marijuana, whether permits should have an expiration date, and whether dispensaries that sell marijuana brownies should be inspected like restaurants.

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