Growing pot becomes Maine cottage industry

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Growing pot becomes Maine cottage industry

The state now has hundreds of small, legal businesses that grow medical marijuana — separate from dispensaries — and a new law may add to demand for them.

By Joe Lawlor
Staff Writer

For 27-year-old Paul McCarrier, selling marijuana pays the bills and grows his career.


A York County caregiver named Frank displays buds from plants grown for use as medical marijuana. Caregivers also make brownies, chocolates and other pot products for patients.

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Paul McCarrier of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine says his industry has created hundreds of jobs.

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But McCarrier doesn’t meet clients on street corners or in dimly lit parking lots.

As a state-licensed caregiver, the Belfast man runs a legal small business. His profession was created under Maine’s medical marijuana laws, which have grown increasingly beneficial for caregivers since the first measure was approved in 1999.

The number of licensed caregivers has grown to 600 — and that figure is expected to shoot higher after Tuesday, when new rules go into effect that will expand the number of health conditions that can legally be treated with medical mariijuana.

In 2009, the state passed an amendment that allows caregivers to serve up to five patients. The new law also removed provisions that restricted medical marijuana patients to those related to

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