Nurse practitioners added to list of those who can prescribe medical marijuana

April 13th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.”

The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine announced Saturday.

The group offered a free medical marijuana information session downtown at the Big Easy Lounge inside the Charles Inn on Broad Street, organized by downtown gallery owner and patient Roxanne Munksgaard, a member of the group’s patient advocacy committee. The caregivers group also is hosting their third annual Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show next Saturday, April 19, at the Spectacular Event Center.

Hillary Lister of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine said the amendment originally would have banned kief, a stronger form of marijuana also called keefer, and hash, and also would have allowed the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to contract with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to inspect caregivers.

“Law enforcement would no longer need a warrant” if the amendment had passed in its original form, Lister said.

“Those sections have been removed, and now the major change that LD 1739 will make to Maine’s law is to allow nurse practitioners to recommend marijuana for medical use,” the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine website states.

“Soon, starting in August, nurse practitioners will be able to write a

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