The long-awaited effective date of a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill arrives Thursday, December 13, and will bring about numerous changes to the legal rights and responsibilities of Maine medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and others. The reform bill, LD 1539, passed on July 9, 2018 when the legislature overrode Governor Paul LePage’s veto; however, as…
On Thursday May 10, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a notice on its website that the new Rules governing the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, originally intended to take effect February 1, 2018, are now effective as of May 10. Governor Paul LePage previously instructed DHHS to delay the…
The legislature overrode the governor’s veto of the adult-use marijuana implementation bill on Wednesday, May 2, paving the way for an eventual roll-out of the adult-use cannabis program, with applications likely available in spring 2019 at the earliest. Meanwhile, two medical marijuana bills, LD 1539 and LD 238, that would have significantly expanded patient and…
Yesterday the legislature passed LD 1539 and 238, two bills that will make numerous and largely positive changes to the Maine medical marijuana program. However, early this morning the Senate voted told hold the bills over until the next special session, which may be scheduled sometime in the next two weeks. At that time the…
The compromise measure will reduce the number of plants Mainers may grow, combine oversight of the medical and adult-use marijuana programs under one agency, increase the adult-use marijuana tax rate, and more. The Maine Senate floor, where a bill to overhaul and implement the Maine adult-use marijuana program passed today by a veto-proof 24-10 margin.…
State and federal law enforcement agents converged on several locations in the great Lewiston-Auburn area this morning to conduct several raids on allegedly non-compliant medical marijuana operations. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal). Several raids have been reported today in the Lewiston-Auburn area, involving seizure of cannabis plants, prepared cannabis, and personal property including luxury cars. At least…
Governor Paul LePage of Maine speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore According to Governor LePage, implementation of the new Maine medical marijuana rules will likely be delayed until May 1. In a last-minute move, Governor LePage agreed today to delay the effective date of…
On Wednesday, November 8, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a division of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), published its newly adopted Rules Governing the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP). The new MMMP Rules are a revision of the proposed Rules first issued for public input…
The floor of the Maine House of Representatives, where legislators voted Monday to sustain Governor LePage's veto of a bill to reshape the Maine adult-use cannabis program. The Maine House of Representatives voted 74-62 Monday evening to sustain Governor LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill that would have repealed and replaced the citizen-initiated Maine…
As this creative 2010 Craigslist listing reveals, efforts to exchange cannabis for cash or something else of value – even when the law doesn’t permit it – are nothing new. As Mainers without medical cards patiently await the day when they can walk into a retail cannabis store and buy a brownie or an eighth…