medical marijuana

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The Maine Legislature Wednesday moved closer to passing a sweeping overhaul of the state's medical marijuana program. The Health and Human Services Committee (HHS) voted to advance a bill that makes it easier for Mainers to qualify as medical marijuana patients, and allows caregivers to expand while accepting tighter regulations.

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Watching the effort to create Maine's recreational marijuana market has been a lot like observing a rocket take off from Cape Canaveral — lots of anticipation, waiting, and more than a few scrubbed launches.

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The Maine Supreme Court is considering a first-of-its-kind case in Maine: whether an employer or insurer should be forced to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has granted temporary regulatory powers to local officials after a town recently discovered it had no authority under the state's long-standing medical marijuana program to restrict a pot growing facility from being opened next to a school.
 
The Kennebec Journal reports that Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed the new law June 23. It lets cities set rules to prevent caregivers from growing pot within 500 feet of a school.
 

Wellness Connection of Maine Storefront in Thomaston, Maine
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Wellness Connection of Maine, the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group, has announced that it’s relocating its Thomaston dispensary to downtown Bath. CEO Patricia Rosi says the final move will take place sometime in August. All one thousand patients in Thomaston will have the option of transferring their memberships from to Bath or to the group’s Gardiner location.

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More than 50 supporters of a petition to add opioid addiction to the list of approved conditions that are treatable with medical marijuana packed a small hearing room Tuesday in Augusta.

Many say medical marijuana was critical in helping them recover from opioid addiction. But some health professionals say there is only anecdotal evidence of marijuana’s benefits for this purpose.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Medical marijuana sales in Maine have jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past year, according to newly released numbers from Maine Revenue Services.

AUBURN, Maine — Auburn's school committee will vote tonight on a medical marijuana policy for the district.

A new state law requires all districts in Maine to adopt a policy on medical cannabis.

Under the Auburn rule, which was initially drafted last month, students under the age of 18 would need a prescription from a doctor for medical marijuana and doses of cannabis, in non-smoking form, would need to be a administered by a parent or guardian.

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire patients who qualify for medical marijuana can now receive the identification cards needed to legally purchase and possess cannabis, though dispensaries won't begin operating until spring.

The decision to begin issuing cards on Monday comes after a woman with terminal cancer sued the state for access to an identification card so she could buy marijuana in Maine. She won the case, prompting the attorney general to advise the state to give out cards before the dispensaries open.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A terminally ill New Hampshire woman who won a court's permission to get a medical marijuana card received her medication in Maine Friday.

New Hampshire passed a law that allows patients with certain conditions to use medical marijuana, but no dispensaries have opened yet. Supporters of medical marijuana say the case is an important step toward increasing access and giving terminal patients more options for end of life care.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ The lawyer for a terminally ill New Hampshire woman is filing court documents saying she could get medical marijuana in Maine if New Hampshire health officials issue her a card saying she's eligible.
 
Linda Horan of Alstead is seeking a court order that health officials issue her a medical marijuana identification card before dispensaries open in New Hampshire next year. Lawyers for the state argue that would undermine the state's need to control distribution at its alternative treatment centers.
 

AUBURN, Maine - The city of Auburn has given the go-ahead for a major expansion of a medical marijuana growing facility that would increase the size of the building four-fold.

The Sun Journal reports that construction at Wellness Connection of Maine's growing facility is planned in several phases. The $2.5 million first phase is expected to break ground shortly and open in the fall.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration is proposing more than two dozen changes to Maine's medical marijuana law. The changes come in the form of a bill that supporters say is designed to give the Maine Department of Health and Human Services enhanced oversight and enforcement over the industry.

Caregivers and medical marijuana dispensaries are squaring off over the proposed changes, which went to public hearing at the State House Friday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has submitted a bill that would amend numerous aspects of Maine's Medical Marijuana law.

Becky DeKeuster of the Maine Wellness Connection, which operates four dispensaries in the state, says she supports the department's efforts to strengthen medical marijuana regulations.

"In an emerging industry like this one, there is no blueprint, and we can't anticipate every possible outcome that comes up," DeKeuster says. "And so maintaining a flexible stance and being responsive is important."

The state of Maine is creating a new online process for certifying medical marijuana patients under the Medical Marijuana Program.

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