Farmers, potential caregivers attend Brewer medical marijuana meeting

August 11th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

BREWER, Maine — A gathering held Wednesday to educate people about amendments to the state’s medical marijuana statute that become law next month brought together a number of people interested in becoming caregivers — those who grow medicinal marijuana for up to five patients.

They asked questions like, “If I’m growing for a family member, do I have to register?”

“Where do I legally buy” marijuana seeds?

“How do I get into contact with patients?”

“We’re a husband and wife team. Can we share 10 patients?”

“Do I have to pay taxes?”

Members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, a nonprofit trade association, spoke to about 40 people at the Eastern Maine Labor Council, explaining changes that go into effect under LD 1296, “An Act to Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Protect Patient Privacy,” which was signed by Gov. Paul LePage on June 24 and becomes state law at the end of September.

The amended law makes a bunch of big changes — doing away with mandatory state registration for medical marijuana users, eliminating requirements that patients disclose their medical condition, allowing outside cultivation for those who grow their own, and adding provisions that protect patients from search, seizure and prosecution.

Panel members Hillary Lister, Jake McLure, and Paul McCarrier, who are all Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine members, explained the law’s changes.

Maine voters first approved the use of medical marijuana in 1999, and in November 2009 expanded the law to include more medical conditions and the creation of

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