Legislator, ACLU: Maine’s medical marijuana law falls short

December 11th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

FALMOUTH — Maine’s medical marijuana law does not cover individuals who hope to use the drug for mental health or psychological disorders, but a bill to be introduced in the state Legislature by Rep. Mark Dion could change that.

In a press conference Monday, Dion, a Portland Democrat who represents portions of the city and nearby Falmouth, and representatives from the ACLU and Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine outlined proposed changes to the law.

Alysia Melnick, public policy council for the ALCU of Maine, said the goal of Dion’s bill is to obtain access to medical marijuana for any Mainer a doctor deems eligible.

“Right now, what you have is patients and their family members having to cross their fingers, hoping their loved ones condition happens to be one that happens to be approved by legislators, very few of whom are doctors,” Melnick said.

Melnick helped draft the medical marijuana law voters approved in 2009 and said that conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder were originally included, but were rejected by the Legislature.

“Initially in that bill, the proposal was to have it be that a patient would qualify (for a a medical marijuana prescription) if their doctor determined that it would be beneficial to treat their condition and illness,” she said. “Unfortunately, the Legislature rejected that and left us with this list of conditions with a process to add others, but that process was never put into place.”

Dion said doctors should have the ability to prescribe medical marijuana to any patient who could be

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