Augusta Man Facing Jail Time After Medical Marijuana Rule Change

February 18th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Augusta –

An Augusta man could be headed to jail because he didn’t have the proper paperwork from the state in order to have medical marijuana.

The problem stems from a change in the law that took effect January 1st.

Last November, Beau Cornish was diagnosed with debilitating diseases that brought him to Maine Integrative Healthcare in Hallowell.

A doctor told him his conditions made him eligible, under Maine law, to use medical marijuana to treat his chronic back pain and hepatitis C. “He told me I was legal to grow 99 plants, 6 budding, 2 1/2 ounces on my person at any one time and I went home,” Cornish says.

Cornish is also on probation in Kennebec County. He told his probation officer about the marijuana he had growing in his home and showed him the note from his doctor. But in January, the law changed. Cornish needed a registry identification card from the Department of Health and Human Services. He says his doctor told him something different. “They informed me that I was still under the Maine law and the state police were still recognizing these forms until I got my medical marijuana card.”

DHHS officials say that’s not true. “Law enforcement officers were advised to go with soft gloves if they found someone with medical marijuana who claimed they had submitted their application to us,” says Cynthia Cobb, Director of Licensing and Regulatory Services at DHHS.

Cornish had not submitted his

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