Medical pot law poses challenge for Maine police

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Two years after Maine voters passed the medical marijuana bill, law enforcement is dealing with the complexity of the otherwise illegal substance being grown, distributed and legally used by more than 260 patients in York County and more than 2,300 people statewide.

“There is a constant tension between the medical marijuana program and the ability for law enforcement to regulate criminal activity,” said Ken Albert, director of the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services, which manages the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program.


2,354: Mainers registered under the state’s medical marijuana law to possess the drug as of Dec. 31, 2011

261: York County residents registered

Source: Ken Albert, director of Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services

Twice in the past two months during routine traffic stops, York police officers have charged residents with possession of marijuana, only to drop the charges after the individuals produced a medical marijuana card, according to York police reports.

On Aug. 26, York police charged a 29-year-old York Beach man; and on Sept. 13, they charged a 40-year-old

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