Massachusetts public health officials approved final regulations Wednesday for the use of medical marijuana, paving the way for the voter-approved law to take effect.
Still, it will likely be at least several more months before the first medical marijuana dispensaries open in the state.
In November, Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize marijuana for medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson's disease and HIV. The regulations would also allow doctors to recommend marijuana for other "debilitating" conditions that are not specified in the rules.
The regulations that were approved unanimously by the state Public Health Council will allow patients approved for medical marijuana to receive up to 10 ounces as a 60-day supply, though some acutely ill patients could receive more with permission from their doctors.