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OUR MISSION

The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc. (MPAA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for medical cannabis patients, personal caregivers, and healthcare providers in Massachusetts. We strive to be a resource for our community and the general public to learn more about the Massachusetts medical marijuana program. Our work includes engaging with policymakers at the federal, state, and local level to ensure that access to medical cannabis is protected. MPAA fights to expand patient access, reduce stigma, and make the Commonwealth of Massachusetts an example of a world-class medical cannabis program.

FEDERAL

We advocate for changes to federal policies on medical cannabis.

STATE

Our advocacy includes state level actions and policy recommendations.

LOCAL

Raising awareness with the public at events across the state is a part of our mission.

LEADERSHIP

JEREMIAH MACKINNON
JEREMIAH MACKINNONPRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jeremiah MacKinnon is the President of Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA). He carries out the organization’s mission to advocate on behalf of medical cannabis patients and their caregivers in Massachusetts. Jeremiah spent seven years actively engaged in MPAA advocacy efforts as a volunteer prior to becoming President in December of 2022. He has a history of hosting educational events, engaging with patients, and initiating constructive policy dialogues with regulators. Jeremiah also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board where he is Chair of the Public Health Subcommittee.
FRANK H. SHAW
FRANK H. SHAWCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Frank Shaw is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance (MPAA). Frank helps expand the organization’s outreach and impact across the Commonwealth. Frank has decades of experience navigating diverse social circles and establishing lasting connections. His presence on social media has captivated an audience of several thousand followers, helping to increase MPAA’s visibility and reach. Additionally, Frank lends his expertise as a member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, contributing valuable insights shaped by his experience as a medical cannabis patient.

WE HAVE EXPERT ADVISORS

BILL DOWNING
BILL DOWNING
DR. JORDAN TISHLER
DR. JORDAN TISHLER
HELEN GOMEZ ANDREWS
HELEN GOMEZ ANDREWS
DR. UMA DHANABALAN
DR. UMA DHANABALAN
ELLEN MOORE
ELLEN MOORE
THOMAS STEELE
THOMAS STEELE
SHANNYN MOORE
SHANNYN MOORE

We’re Here To Help With Your

Medical Marijuana Journey

Please go to our Frequently Asked Questions page where you can find the answers to some of the most common questions about medical cannabis in Massachusetts.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

SAFE ACCESS IN MASSACHUSETTS

MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS CONTINUE TO FACE STIGMA IN MAINSTREAM MEDICINE AND STRUGGLE FOR SAFE ACCESS

While medical cannabis patients can obtain safe and regulated cannabis products in Massachusetts they also can continue to face stigma at home, work, school, and within mainstream medical institutions. Cannabis patients facing hospitalization are often discontinued from their normal regimen of medical cannabis because institutions refuse to allow these patients to possess or use cannabis within their walls. Some medical cannabis patients still struggle to find safe and regulated products. Many patients in underserved areas of the Commonwealth like Cape Cod and the Berkshires don’t have access to tax-free cannabis in their city or town. This why we continue to fight for patients and why you should too.