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…
After a contentious campaign, Question 1, Maine’s initiative to legalize retail marijuana, has passed by a narrow margin. Maine joins the seven other states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and the District of Columbia in making retail cannabis available to adults. While the law’s general principle – allowing for the possession, cultivation,…
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,…
On Friday, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy issued an order reversing the decision of Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to reject petitions for a ballot initiative legalizing retail marijuana in Maine. The decision gives the initiative a second chance to appear on the ballot in November 2016. The order results from an appeal by the…
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap ruled in Wednesday's report that the Marijuana Policy Project's initiative had failed due to irregularities affecting approximately 48% of submitted signatures. An effort to legalize retail marijuana in Maine via citizen's initiative has failed, according the a report by the Maine Secretary of State. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap found…
This past Friday, President Obama signed a massive tax and spending bill into law. Included among the bill's 2,009 pages is a provision that will be welcomed by medical marijuana patients and providers around the country – an amendment preventing the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering with states that have enacted medical marijuana laws.…
Below is my letter to Senator Michael Thibodeau, and the other republican members of the Legislative Council, regarding tomorrow's appeal of L.R. 2547. If you, or someone you know is involved in Maine's medical marijuana program, I hope you will contact your representative and urge them to support common sense laws dealing with patient and…
On November 19, a key legislative request, L.R. 2547, sponsored by Rep. Henry E.M. Beck (D-Waterville), will be up for vote by the Legislative Council. The measure, entitled "Resolve, To Clarify Inspections of Caregivers under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act," seeks to require the legislature and DHHS to clarify and pass laws and…
This week a California federal court simultaneously upheld the intent of a federal bill to protect state medical marijuana programs, and delivered a scathing rebuke to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for attempting to circumvent the law. At issue was the DEA's interpretation of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the spending bill passed in December 2014.…
When you see those lights flashing in your rearview mirror, you’re probably a little worried about your license. That’s especially true if you believe the officer will charge you with speeding, which can come with serious penalties at higher speeds. You’ll probably have several questions about speeding tickets going through your head, including one especially…