Maine’s Medical Marijuana Law – Part 2

May 12th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

In Part 1 I showed you some of the issues that have arisen with the medical marijuana law passed in Maine in 2009.

Folks at the Department of Health and Human Services aren’t the only ones butting heads with caregivers and patients. Up until two years ago, when it came to marijuana, the job of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was pretty cut and dry. That’s not the case anymore and caregivers and patients are also feeling the affects during this learning process.

Jon Steward is a caregiver patient who has legally taken part in the medical marijuana program since it’s inception. “You know the old adage, you’re only paranoid when there’s not someone watching you? They were watching us for six months,” Steward says of the MDEA.

According to a court affidavit, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in October of 2010, acting on anonymous tips and after months of surveillance, conducted a surprise raid on Jon Steward’s home. The agents say they didn’t know at the time Steward, who also sells vegetables, eggs and has a fish farm, was a medical marijuana caregiver. “We have a highway sign that clearly states we’re a business and instead of treating me like a business man and politely asking me some questions, they put my family under surveillance, served a search warrant, had numerous officers through my home, through my daughters dresser drawers,” Steward says recalling that October night.

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