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Massachusetts extends pandemic policies related to medical cannabis

The Cannabis Control Commission has voted to extend several pandemic-related policies relating to medical cannabis, specifically allowances on telehealth consultations and curbside pickup availability.

In March 2020, regulations requiring primary care visits to be conducted in person to issue an initial certificate of registration for medical cannabis were waived to accommodate the state of emergency brought on by COVID-19.

Since then, 80% of all initial provider visits were conducted via telehealth appointments, according to the CCC.

Even as COVID-19 restrictions loosened, telehealth visits remained prominent. The lowest percentage of initial visits conducted via telehealth appointments since the start of the pandemic was in September 2021. That month still saw 53% of initial visits conducted remotely, according to CCC data.

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