Caregivers React to Ruling on Medical Marijuana Fees

March 17th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

John Krinjak

Posted Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 5:59 pm.

Updated 3 hours ago


On Thursday, a state judge issued a ruling affecting medical marijuana caregivers in Maine, declaring that the Medical Marijuana Act allows the Department of Health and Human Services to impose fees on caregivers and dispensaries without having to go through a formal legislative procedure.

The ruling stems from a suit filed by caregiver John Stewart of Washington, Maine, that challenged the initial law charging caregivers a three hundred dollar per-patient fee.

“I feel cheated. I felt, yeah, cheated is the only word. Robbed, robbed of my opportunity to see justice work. Even if I lost, I would have had the opportunity to see the case argued,” said Stewart.

Stewart says he’s not opposed to the idea of fees, but wants to see them imposed in a more fair manner.

“This is a program that has consistently brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in excess of what it costs to run the program, hundreds of thousands,” said Stewart.

As a marijuana caregiver, he feels singled out.

“I mean you can get a pharmacy license in the state of Maine for two hundred fifty dollars. But it takes three hundred dollars per patient for me to sell two and

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