Maine medical pot rules too strict, panel is told

April 26th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

April 26

Maine medical pot rules too strict, panel is told

Some call the regulations an obstacle to treatment, but others insist they are in place for good reasons.

By John Richardson
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Medical marijuana dispensaries are opening around Maine as part of a voter-approved program to expand legal access to the drug.


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But advocates and lawmakers from both parties said Monday that rules for obtaining cannabis are so restrictive and intrusive that many patients are still buying it on the black market, or continuing to suffer without it.

“This is a step backwards for patient access,” said Jacob McClure, a small-scale grower and the leader of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine. “The state is much more interested in making (the rules) convenient for themselves or for law enforcement” than for patients.

The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee is considering three proposals to change the law passed by voters in 2009 and implemented by the