It’s likely that three more Maine communities – South Portland, Lewiston, and York – will vote on ordinances that would make it legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana this November, but a surprising foe has emerged in the current debate over legalization.
Many of the state’s medical marijuana growers say statewide legalization could be a bad move for their patients and the economy.
Glenn Lewis is one of 1,500 licensed medical marijuana growers in Maine. It’s how he and his wife Catherine earn a modest living.
“My wife and I are both caregivers. We have 10 patients between the two of us,” Lewis said, standing next to dozens of plants at different stages of growth.
The group leading the charge to legalize it for recreational use in Maine, the Marijuana Policy Project, says those patients would benefit by making the substance more widely available.
“Access to medical marijuana in Colorado is better than it’s ever been,” David Boyer, MPP’s Maine Director, said. “If it was legal here for all adults., you’d see better access to medical marijuana, better quality, and medicine that’s more affordable.”
But the state’s medical marijuana trade group, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, does not like what it sees it Colorado or Washington, where it’s now legal.
“If MPP goes forward, mark my words: It will have a negative impact on patients in this state,” Paul McCarrier, the group’s legislative liaison, said. “Patients will be herded into the recreational market and it will