Maine Lawmakers Consider Giving Seized Pot to Eligible Patients

April 21st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Legislators are considering a bill that would allow authorities to give marijuana seized by law enforcement, to people authorized to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Patient advocate Faith Benedetti says such a program would meet a real need.

“While our medical marijuana law allows registered patients to grow their own, use the services of a compassionate caregiver or visit a dispensary to obtain their medicine, even these options are financially out of reach for some,” she told Maine lawmakers yesterday at a hearing on the proposal, Capitol News Service reports.

State officials testified against the bill. They argued that the tests that would be necessary ensure that the seized pot is safe and free of contamination would be too expensive. Law enforcement officials are also opposing the bill, saying it could be in conflict with federal law.

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