Doubts heard about medical marijuana operation

January 9th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: 12:00 AM
Updated: 9:21 PM

Doubts heard about medical marijuana operation

By Michael Shepherd
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — As Maine’s largest medical marijuana nonprofit organization plans to open its dispensaries, the man originally tapped to run its growing operation says the organization does not have enough space to grow the product its patients need.

Meanwhile, leading state patient advocates say those who have signed up to receive medical marijuana from a Wellness Connection of Maine dispensary in Thomaston have run up against difficulty setting up appointments and stringent product limits that are well below the amounts allowed by state law.

“It’s the continued modus operandi of Northeast — promise something you can’t perform,” said Paul McCarrier, who answers the phone for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, the advocacy group for which he serves as a board member.

But, in a prepared statement, the state regulators of the program said they haven’t heard patient complaints and are unconcerned with the size of the Thomaston facility.

And Wellness Connection of Maine, called Northeast Patients Group until the nonprofit changed its name last month, says they have sufficient space. The group did confirm, though, it is placing limits on product because it’s a fledgling operation.

Matthew Hawes, a Holden native

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