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Maine: Do Not Deny Medical Cannabis Patients From Receiving Organ Transplants

Legislation (LD 764) is before Gov. Paul LePage that will prohibit medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants. The measure “prohibits a transplant evaluator from determining a qualifying patient to be unsuitable to receive an anatomical gift solely because the qualifying patient uses medical marijuana.” No sound scientific evidence exists showing that medical cannabis … Continue reading »

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Maine: Support Measure to Expedite Retail Cannabis Sales

Legislation is pending to expedite the retail sale of marijuana products to those over the age of 21. LD 1448 and LD 1491 would permit licensed medical cannabis dispensaries the opportunity to “sell limited marijuana retail products to a person who is 21 years of age or older.” A majority of voters in November approved … Continue reading »

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Maine: Require Insurance to Cover Medical Marijuana Expenses

Update: LD 1064 will be heard in committee on 4/4 at 1:00 PM. Legislation is pending, LD 1064, to require health insurance policies to cover expenses related to the physician authorized use of medical cannabis. The measure states, “A carrier offering a health plan in this State shall provide coverage for marijuana for  medical use … Continue reading »

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Maine: Require Insurance to Cover Medical Marijuana Expenses

Legislation is pending, LD 1064, to require health insurance policies to cover expenses related to the physician authorized use of medical cannabis. The measure states, “A carrier offering a health plan in this State shall provide coverage for marijuana for  medical use for an enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana … Continue reading »

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Maine Becomes Eighth State to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

Maine has become the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis. Language in Question 1: the Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults took effect today. It permits adults who are not participating in the state’s existing medical cannabis … Continue reading »

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Maine: Politicians Introduce Bill to Delay Legal Marijuana

Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau and House Speaker Sara Gideon have struck a deal to introduce emergency resolution LD 88 to impose a moratorium on the enactment of many of the key provisions in Question 1, the voter-initiated Marijuana Legalization Act. While the resolution maintains the January 30th, 2017 repeal of penalties for personal possession … Continue reading »

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Maine Legalization Law Takes Effect January 30

Adults in Maine will be able to legally possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis without penalty beginning January 30, 2017. Governor Paul LePage on Saturday certified the results of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act. The voter-initiated measure narrowly passed on Election Day and was subject to a partial recount. By law, the … Continue reading »

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Maine: Gov. Asks “Why Do We Need Medical Marijuana?” Here’s Why

Governor Paul LePage recently suggested abolishing Maine’s medical marijuana program – a program that was approved by a majority of voters on two separate occasions. In a December 15 radio interview, Gov. LePage said that he sees “no need” to continue to implement a separate medical cannabis program in Maine when adult use becomes legally … Continue reading »

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Maine: Recount Effort Halted, Question 1 Victory Stands

The group opposing Maine’s marijuana legalization initiative has withdrawn its recount effort. Last month, representatives from ‘No on 1’ requested a recount of the vote totals specific to Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act. On Saturday, the campaign conceded that the recount would not impact the Election Day result, which estimated Question 1 winning by … Continue reading »

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Maine: Legalization Opponents File Petitions Challenging Election Day Vote

Marijuana legalization opponents in Maine are formally challenging the results of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, a statewide ballot initiative that received slightly over 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Legal counsel for the No on 1 campaign today turned in petitions to the Secretary of State’s office formally requesting a recount. … Continue reading »

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