Maine’s proposed ban on pot crystals runs into fierce opposition

February 12th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Updated: 12:26 AM

The lifesaving medicine, called ‘kief,’ shouldn’t be taken away from people who suffer seizures, their relatives say.

By Steve Mistler
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services have introduced a bill that they say would improve Maine’s medical marijuana law.

Meagan Patrick, who brought her daughter Addelyn to the hearing, appeals to Maine lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Committee to allow a marijuana derivative to help with her child’s epilepsy.
The public hearing Tuesday in Augusta focused on a bill that would prohibit the sale of kief, a marijuana derivative.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Samantha Brown of South Berwick says the bill would force her to sit back and watch her 2-year-old daughter die.

Brown was one of several mothers who joined patients and marijuana caregivers Tuesday to testify against L.D. 1739, which state officials said would clarify regulations in the Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 2009.

The bill would outlaw possession and sale of kief, resinous crystals from marijuana flowers that are rich in cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that has been shown to have a sedative effect, repressing convulsions and seizures.

For Brown and Christy Shake of Brunswick, the bill would outlaw their children’s medicine of last resort.

Brown’s daughter, Kaylee, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a devastating form of childhood epilepsy. At a news conference Tuesday at the State House, Brown said Kaylee can

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