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Health & wellness

Marijuana rules would let doctors determine patient use

Proposed rules for medical use of marijuana in Massachusetts, issued Friday by the state Department of Public Health, largely sidestep the thorny matter of who will qualify for treatment with the drug and instead leave it up to doctors to decide.

The regulations say patients must have a debilitating condition — defined as causing weakness, wasting syndrome, intractable pain or nausea, or impairing strength or ability and limiting major life activities — to receive written certification from their doctor to buy the drug.

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