Our View: While cannabis is illegal, dispensaries will struggle

August 8th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: August 8
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Our View: While cannabis is illegal, dispensaries will struggle

The tension between state and federal law prevents Maine from fulfilling its vision.

Don’t expect a sudden influx of out-of-state cash to fix what’s ailing the company that aspires to be Maine’s biggest dispenser of medical marijuana.

Under certain circumstances, marijuana is legal in Maine.
But under federal law, marijuana is illegal. Its unsettled legal status makes the state’s vision of an orderly system for delivering medicine to the people who need it something of a pipe dream.

2010 Press Herald file

Augusta-based Northeast Patients group has lost two of its board members, including state representative and former Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion. State officials and patients are expressing doubts about whether they can trust the company that came forward last year looking like the most professional outfit around, but now is looking a little fly-by-night, needing 11th-hour financing from a hastily created Delaware corporation.

And it is the subject of a lawsuit from its original funding source, the California-based Berkeley Patients Group, which alleges that Northeast’s top executive used insider information to attract outside backers.

But the biggest problem comes from the unsettled legal status of

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/while-cannabis-is-illegal-dispensaries-will-struggle_2011-08-08.html

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