Maine marijuana caregivers form trade association

December 14th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

Just as doctors and pharmacists have done, Maine medical marijuana caregivers are forming a trade association to give them a unified voice in the state. But its members say it also will help to ensure good prices for the pain-easing drug and advocate for patients.

“We’re here first and foremost to advocate on behalf of people’s whose job this is,” Jonathan Leavitt, board chairman of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine said Thursday. “We’re also here to guarantee that patients get the best prices, and that’s going to be done by forming real solid relationships with caregivers and helping them network to lower their prices.”

The announcement at the State House came a year after Maine voters expanded a decade-old medical marijuana law. The law set the stage for a formal system for obtaining the drug and authorized one dispensary for each of the state’s eight regional public health districts.

Maine also allows caregivers to provide one-on-one services to patients who suffer from chronic, painful illnesses and find relief in marijuana. About 100 of the roughly 500 caregivers in the state have banded together in

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