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CDC Has Proposed New and Updated Rules for Maine Medical Marijuana Program

 

Concise Summary: This proposed rulemaking contains changes to remove outdated references to registered patients, reconstruct sections for improved organization, clarify the Department’s procedures needed to implement changes enacted by the 126th and 127th Legislature, including the following: (1) allow a primary caregiver to possess and administer a minor’s medical marijuana on school grounds and school buses; (2) permit certified nurse practitioners to issue written certifications for the medical use of marijuana; (3) allow primary caregivers to retain one employee; (4) allow residents of an inpatient hospice or nursing facility to use and store smokeless forms of medical marijuana in their room; and (5) permit a primary caregiver to dispose of excess prepared marijuana by transferring it to a registered dispensary, a qualifying patient, and/or another primary caregiver. The original draft of proposed changes clarified constitutions for a “collective” and reduced application fees. Additional changes were proposed after further consideration and review by the Department. These changes include the elimination of language that duplicates statute. Changes proposed for this rulemaking also now include the following: (1) technical edits and revisions to grammar and format; (2) added definitions for bona fide medical provider-patient relationship, on-site assessment, smoking and vaporize; (3) added requirement for Department approval prior to a dispensary acquiring excess prepared marijuana from a registered caregiver; (4) increased consistency for caregivers and dispensaries for plant limit for outdoor cultivation; (5) removal of the provision requiring the proof of identification of authorized persons be held by the caregiver or dispensary while the person is in the cultivation area; (6) allowance for the Department to permit a medical provider to proceed with certifying a minor patient in the absence of a list of willing consulting physicians; (7) added requirement for a petition to add a debilitating condition to be endorsed by a medical provider; (8) added provisions for vaporizing marijuana for medical use; (9) prohibition of cultivation by a visiting patient; (10) added requirement for reporting of inventory and patient designation counts; (11) in Section 10, establishment of procedural details of the Department’s monitoring process to ensure program compliance; and (12) clarification of the processes employed by the Department for approving applications, designations, transfer of excess marijuana and the issuance of written certification. During the comment period, comments may be submitted to the agency contact person identified in the Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal.

 

Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services; Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Rule Governing the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, 10-144 C.M.R., Ch. 122

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER (leave blank ; to be assigned by Secretary of State):

BRIEF SUMMARY: This proposed rulemaking contains changes to remove outdated references to registered patients, reconstruct sections for improved organization, clarify the Department’s procedures needed to implement changes enacted by the 126th and 127th Legislature, including the following: (1) allow a primary caregiver to possess and administer a minor’s medical marijuana on school grounds and school buses; (2) permit certified nurse practitioners to issue written certifications for the medical use of marijuana; (3) allow primary caregivers to retain one employee; (4) allow residents of an inpatient hospice or nursing facility to use and store smokeless forms of medical marijuana in their room; and (5) permit a primary caregiver to dispose of excess prepared marijuana by transferring it to a registered dispensary, a qualifying patient, and/or another primary caregiver. The original draft of proposed rule changes clarified constitutions for a “collective” and reduced application fees.

Additional changes were proposed after further consideration and review by the Department. These changes include the elimination of language that duplicates statute. Changes proposed for this rulemaking also now include the following: (1) technical edits and revisions to grammar and format; (2) added definitions for bona fide medical provider-patient relationship, on-site assessment, smoking and vaporize; (3) added requirement for Department approval prior to a dispensary acquiring excess prepared marijuana from a registered caregiver; (4) increased consistency for caregivers and dispensaries for plant limit for outdoor cultivation; (5) removal of the provision requiring the proof of identification of authorized persons be held by the caregiver or dispensary while the person is in the cultivation area; (6) allowance for the Department to permit a medical provider to proceed with certifying a minor patient in the absence of a list of willing consulting physicians; (7) added requirement for a petition to add a debilitating condition to be endorsed by a medical provider; (8) added provisions for vaporizing marijuana for medical use; (9) prohibition of cultivation by a visiting patient; (10) added requirement for reporting of inventory and patient designation counts; (11) in Section 10, establishment of procedural details of the Department’s monitoring process to ensure program compliance; and (12) clarification of the processes employed by the Department for approving applications, designations, transfer of excess marijuana and the issuance of written certification.

DATE, TIME AND LOCATION OF PUBLIC HEARING (if any): June 14, 2017; 9 a.m.-noon; Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330

COMMENT DEADLINE: 5 p.m., June 26, 2017

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING (include name, mailing address, telephone, fax, TTY, email): Bridget Bagley; 286 Water St., 11 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; tele: 207-287-9394; fax: 207- 287-5807; TTY: 711; Bridget.Bagley@maine.gov

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT (if different): FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): None.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 22 M.R.S., Chapter 558-C, Maine Medical Marijuana Act; 22 M.R.S. §42, and 22-A M.R.S. §205

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different): AGENCY WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/mmm/index.shtml

 

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Get Certified June 4,2017 Augusta,ME

Celtic Trinity Healthcare with NP Patricia Philbrook will be with us at the Augusta Home Grown Maine Expo June 4 2017, 12pm,  offering medical certifications to those with qualifying conditions, including PTSD. If you need to make an appointment please call or text us.

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Maine Medical Marijuana Certification: Easier and More Affordable Than Ever Before!

How do I get a Maine Medical Marijuana Certification? (its easy!)

Canna Care Docs 79 Main Street Auburn, ME (207) 286-9000
(now offering online certifications for $100)

Celtic Trinity Healthcare,Patricia Philbrook, traveling nurse,RNC,NP (207)582-1200 (Patricia Philbrook will be at the Maine Home Grown Trade Show and Expo with us on Sunday June 4, doing certifications)

Relief Clinic 23 Cross Street | Auburn, ME (207) 241-2815

Integr8 Health 170 US Route 1, Suite A Falmouth, ME (207) 482-0188

Casco Bay Medical 377 Fore Street, 3rd Floor Portland, ME (207) 358-0880

Maine Integrative Healthcare 964 Western Avenue #1 Manchester, ME (207) 512-8633

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Why are there only 8 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Maine?

The statutes only set a limit of 8 dispensaries for the first year. After that, 8 is the minimum.
11. Limitation on number of dispensaries.  The department shall adopt rules limiting the number and location of registered dispensaries. During the first year of operation of dispensaries the department may not issue more than one registration certificate for a dispensary in each of the 8 public health districts of the department, as defined in section 411. After review of the first full year of operation of dispensaries and periodically thereafter, the department may amend the rules on the number and location of dispensaries; however, the number of dispensaries may not be less than 8.
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]
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Maine considers putting alcohol agency in charge of pot sales

https://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/17/politics/maine-considers-putting-alcohol-agency-in-charge-of-pot-sales/

Posted March 17, 2017, at 8:32 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The legislative committee implementing Maine’s new recreational marijuana are considering switching the oversight of retail sales from the state agriculture agency to the one that regulates alcohol.

The legalization law approved by voters in November originally tasked the Agriculture Department with the licensing and testing of retail pot. But Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage believe the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations is a better fit.

Gideon’s bill also directs $1.6 million to the agency for consultants and rulemaking. The bill is supported by legalization advocates, including Alysia Melnick, who helped lead last year’s ballot campaign.

“We should try to create a system that reflects Maine’s values, Maine’s demographics and Maine’s experience,” Melnick said.

Some licensed caregivers in Maine’s medical marijuana program oppose it.

Others who testified during the public hearing said they also support moving oversight of the medical marijuana program from the Department of Health and Human Services to the liquor agency.

 

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21+ Cannabis Use (Recreational) Now Legal in Maine!

http://www.wmtw.com/article/recreational-marijuana-becomes-legal-in-maine/8652351

Recreational marijuana became legal in Maine at 12 a.m. Monday.

The law, which was passed by referendum in November, allows adults 21 and over to legally possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

Adults can also have six flowering marijuana plants and 12 nonflowering plants. Driving while high and smoking marijuana in public remain illegal.

The Legislature passed a law pushing the opening of marijuana stores and other marijuana sales in Maine until February 2018. The moratorium also closed a loophole in the new law that allowed legal possession of marijuana by youth.

Gov. Paul LePage said last week he will be issuing an executive order on Monday.

The governor had said last week he wanted the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations to oversee legal marijuana, instead of the Department of Agriculture.

“The era of marijuana prohibition in Maine is finally coming to an end,” David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement.

“Responsible adult marijuana consumers will no longer be harassed and treated like criminals,” Boyer said. “Police will be able to spend more time addressing serious crimes rather than punishing adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol.”?

Question 1, which legalizes and taxes marijuana in Maine, passed by only 4,073 votes, or 0.54 percent. About 30 percent of the total vote was recounted, officials said.?

The final vote as certified by the Secretary of State’s Office was 381,768 yes votes and 377,773 no votes, a 3,995-vote difference.?

Maine joins seven other states and the District of Columbia where recreational marijuana is legal.

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Mainely Cannabis LLC is Accepting New Patients

Mainely Cannabis LLC is currently accepting new patients.

Text or Call (857)-770-1420, or email info@mainelycannabis.com  for more information.

Our Cannabis Menu is hosted on bbbuds.com.

Sales can only be made in the state of Maine to qualifying patients willing to sign the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Designation Form.

Out of state patients will need to have your physician call (207)-287-3282 or (207)-287-9330 in order to obtain the Maine form, which is needed to certify you as a visiting qualifying patient.