DHHS proposes updated set of rules for state medical marijuana program

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DHHS proposes updated set of rules for state medical marijuana program

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday released a set of new proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program.

This small marijuana plant was on display during Home Grown Maine — the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine’s first-ever trade show and festival — in 2011.

Staff file photo by Joe Phelan

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The proposed rules, in response to a law passed last year that liberalized state laws, would be the first update since 2010, the year the department implemented the program. Maine citizens voted in 2009 to establish state-licensed dispensaries to distribute marijuana and a state identification system to keep track of patients, who must have one or more of a list of specific conditions.

The liberalizing bill, L.D. 1296, signed in 2011 by Gov. Paul LePage and sponsored by Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, made the identification system optional, among other changes.

The state has been working broadly under that law since last year, but without an updated rule set.

“We’ve been doing it voluntarily, but we have to have rules that tell me and the people that work with me how we implement this,” said John Thiele, medical marijuana program director for the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services at the DHHS.

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