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…
An arrest is already serious and embarrassing. Worse, this arrest might not be your first one, and you have more to worry about than your trial. Instead, you’re now worried about what Florida’s three strikes law is and whether you’re in trouble because of it. If you’re facing charges in Florida, you’ll need help fighting…
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…
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…
Industrial hemp may be coming soon to a field near you. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is now accepting applications to grow outdoor industrial hemp for the 2017 growing season, according to a release emailed by the Department yesterday. However, the limited availability of certified hemp seeds may complicate matters for would-be…
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…
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…
As marijuana becomes legal in more states, Government’s across the country are still searching for reliable ways to test for cannabis and its impact on driving. As of March of 2017, seven states and the District of Columbia have all passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Despite the increasingly legal use of cannabis in…
If you were arrested in Florida for your first DUI offense, then the initial decision you will face is how to handle the suspension of your driver’s license. Under Florida law, drivers who provide a breath sample of .08 or above are driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level (DUBAL) and will automatically have their…
Federal and state law both expose medical marijuana patients and caregivers who own guns to increased risk of fines and incarceration. One of the questions I run into most frequently in my practice is, "Can a patient or caregiver legally buy or own a gun in Maine?" The short answer is 'no,' under federal law,…