Lawmaker’s aim: Simplify medical pot law

April 25th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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Lawmaker’s aim: Simplify medical pot law

Mandatory registration wasn’t voters’ intent, Rep. Deborah Sanderson says.

By Edward D. Murphy
Staff Writer

The sponsor of a series of changes to Maine’s medical marijuana law said fixes are needed to get the law to more accurately reflect what voters wanted.

State Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, said the requirement that all those using marijuana for medical reasons register with the state was never the intention of voters, who approved the system for implementing the law in a referendum two years ago.

She also said that having the state maintain a list of conditions for which marijuana can be used takes decisions about treatment out of the hands of doctors.

“I’m not sure it’s really the state that should be determining what sort of treatment a patients should be given,” Sanderson said.

A hearing on her bill, L.D. 1296, will be held before the Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services at 1 p.m. today.

Sanderson’s bill would make registration with the state optional. She said the state should accept a doctor’s recommendation on whether the use of marijuana is the right treatment and said patients should not have to sign a release that allows state officials to discuss their condition with doctors.

“Your medical record is personal information between

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