You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Metro

ACLU sues over R.I. medical marijuana policy

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union ­announced Tuesday that it is suing the state’s Health Department over a decision to no longer accept medical marijuana applications signed by nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants.

The department decided in August to require all patients seeking medical marijuana to submit an application signed by a physician certifying that the patient has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition. Previously the state ­accepted applications signed by nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. The change was made without legislative approval or a public hearing, according to volunteer ACLU attorney John Dineen.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week