Advice for Maine’s Medical Marijuana Caregivers

September 15th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

At the end of September, a new law goes into effect in Maine which removes a few of the burdens on medical marijuana patients and caregivers.

LD 1296 “An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Protect Patient Privacy” ends the requirement that patients register with the Department of Health and Human Services. It also allows caregivers who are only providing for their family to skip the state registration process. Schools, employers and landlords may not discriminate against qualified patients, unless their use conflicts with federal regulations.

However, according to the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM), a trade association, the law still leaves ambiguities. For example, the “incidental amount” of plants allowed remains unclear, as is the definition of “processed” vs. “non-processed” marijuana.

To help interested caregivers understand the legal landscape, MMCM is hosting a handful of public discussions across the state this month. The next session is on September 16th, at 11 King St. in Augusta. Members of MMCM’s Board and Alisha Melnick of the MCLU will explain the changing laws from 5:00-8:00pm.


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