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Medical Marijuana Bills
SIX NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS BECOME LAW in MAINE 2013
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The new law allows caregivers to have one employee, and to donate excess marijuana to patients (both previously prohibited by the DHHS).
This bill goes into effect immediately.
The DHHS and Dispensary operators succeeded in passing LD1531, An Act To Maintain Access to Safe Medical Marijuana.
The new law limits dispensaries and caregivers to using “minimum risk” pesticides that are exempt from federal regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Section 25(b). This bill goes into effect immediately.
MMCM worked with Representatives Elizabeth Dickerson and Mark Dion to pass LD 1062, An Act To Add Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use.
Check out the Free Press article on the bill, “Local Combat Veteran Believes Medicinal Marijuana Can Help Treat PTSD.”
The bill will add PTSD, inflammatory bowel disease, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms to those for which a doctor is allowed to recommend medical use of marijuana. The law goes into effect on September 26, 2013.
LD 1462, An Act To Clarify and Correct Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act , will allow maintenance workers in a grow room and remove the requirement that caregivers tag plants with a patient's name. The law goes into effect on September 27, 2013.
LD 480, An Act To Establish Fees under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, sponsored by Representative Deb Sanderson, will place limits on the fees the DHHS can charge caregivers and dispensaries. The law goes into effect October 3, 2013.
LD1423, An Act To Amend the Medical Marijuana Law Regarding Excess Harvested Marijuana, sponsored by Representative Craig Hickman, will allow registered caregivers to sell up to 2 pounds of marijuana a year to dispensaries. The law goes into effect October 3, 2013.
MORE DETAILS ON THE BILLS
An Act To Add Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use
Sponsored By: Representative DICKERSON of Rockland
Cosponsored By: Representative DION of Portland; Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland; Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford; Representative RUSSELL of Portland; Representative VILLA of Harrison
Summary: This bill adds Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), inflammatory bowel disease, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms. to the list of qualifying conditions for which a doctor is allowed to recommend medical use of marijuana.
An Act To Clarify and Correct Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act
Sponsored By: Representative DION of Portland Cosponsored By: Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland; Representative GILBERT of Jay; Representative HARVELL of Farmington; Senator HASKELL of Cumberland; Representative HAYES of Buckfield; Senator LANGLEY of Hancock; Representative MOONEN of Portland; Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea; Senator VALENTINO of York
- The bill allows access to a dispensary or caregiver's cultivation facility to maintenance, repair, construction, and EMS workers, and provides a waiver for state employees to have access.
- It removes the DHHS Rule that dispensaries and caregivers tag plants with a patient's name.
It requires Dispensaries to use a numerical identification system to track marijuana plants from cultivation to sale and to track prepared marijuana from acquisition to sale.
It does not place tracking requirements on caregivers. It does require a caregiver to use a numerical identification system to enable the primary caregiver to identify marijuana plants cultivated for a patient.
An Act To Maintain Access to Safe Medical Marijuana
Sponsored by Senator Saviello.
The bill prohibits dispensaries and caregivers from using pesticides that require federal registration on medical marijuana. The bill does allow use of any of the pesticides included in the list list of minimum risk pesticides that are exempt from federal regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Section 25(b).
The list includes: Castor oil (U.S.P. or equivalent); Linseed oil; Cedar oil; Malic acid;Cinnamon and cinnamon oil; Mint and mint oil; Citric acid; Peppermint and peppermint oil; Citronella and Citronella oil; 2-Phenethyl propionate (2-phenylethyl propionate); Cloves and clove oil; Potassium sorbate; Corn gluten meal; Putrescent whole egg solids; Corn oil; Rosemary and rosemary oil; Cottonseed oil; Sesame (includes ground sesame plant) and sesame oil; Dried Blood; Sodium chloride (common salt); Eugenol; Sodium lauryl sulfate; Garlic and garlic oil; Soybean oil; Geraniol; Thyme and thyme oil; Geranium oil; White pepper; Lauryl sulfate Zinc metal strips (consisting solely of zinc metal and impurities); Lemongrass oil.
The Department of Agriculture stated during the development of Maine's medical marijuana law in 2009, “...Any pesticide used in the United States has to be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and, if used in Maine, with the Board of Pesticides Control. The chemical companies register their products for use on specific crops. There are 643 products with active federal registrations for tobacco and zero for marijuana. A grower using a chemical, including those used in organic production, to control a disease or pest in the growing operation would be using it illegally."
- LD 1404
An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program
Sponsored By: Representative GILBERT of Jay Cosponsored By: Representative BLACK of Wilton; Representative CASSIDY of Lubec; Representative CHIPMAN of Portland; Representative DION of Portland; Representative HARVELL of Farmington; Representative KRUGER of Thomaston; Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec; Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea; Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
The bill allows caregivers to donate excess marijuana to patients, reversing a prior DHHS rule banning caregiver donation to patients.
It allows a caregiver to have one employee.
An Act To Establish Fees under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act
Sponsored By: Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea
Cosponsored By: Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland; Representative GATTINE of Westbrook; Senator HAMPER of Oxford; Representative HARVELL of Farmington; Representative MALABY of Hancock; Representative PETERSON of Rumford; Senator PLUMMER of Cumberland; Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough; Representative WILSON of Augusta
The bill would set a range for the following fees: Dispensary certification and relocation fees; Caregiver and Dispensary fees for issuing and replacing registry identification cards; Criminal history record information fee; Lab testing fee. It clarifies that there are no fees for patients or non-cultivating caregivers. It will require that when the Medical Marijuana Program balance exceeds $400,000 and guarantees a lower rate will be in effect for a 2-year period.
An Act To Amend the Medical Marijuana Law Regarding Excess Harvested Marijuana
Sponsored By: Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Cosponsored By: Representative DION of Portland; Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland
Summary: The bill would to allow registered caregivers (not patients) to sell up to 2 pounds a year of marijuana to dispensaries.
Bills Proposed to the 126th Maine Legislature that Died in Committee or the Senate
An Act To Ensure Regulated Safe Access to Medical Marijuana
Sponsored By: Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland
Summary: This bill proposed to increase the number of medical marijuana dispensaries.
It would have added tracking and new regulatory requirements for caregivers that are providing to patients who are not household or family members.
Outcome: The Health & Human Services Committee voted unanimously Ought Not to Pass.
An Act To Regulate and Tax Marijuana
Sponsored by Rep. Russell of Portland
Summary: The original text of this bill would have allowed sale of cannabis for recreational use based on model language developed by the Marijuana Policy Project out of D.C. It would have included at $50 per ounce tax and required rule-making to set up new Administration to oversee and implement regulations and enforcement of the tax.
A minority report was passed out of the Criminal Justice Committee, crafted by Rep. Wilson, Rep. Plummer and Rep. Russell. The amendment would remove all language from the bill except for requiring a voter referendum, sending the question out to Maine voters asking to have the lottery and liquor control agency to write a marijuana tax and regulations law for Maine. The referendum would not have resulted in direct decriminalization or legalization, or allowed people to grow or possess any amount until after agency rulemaking and the bill being crafted by the Criminal Justice Commitee.)
The Criminal Justice Committee voted Majority Ought Not To Pass.
The Bill was killed in the House and Senate.
An Act To Promote Industrial Hemp
Sponsored By: Representative HARVELL of Farmington and Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea
Cosponsors: Representative BENNETT of Kennebunk; Representative CHASE of Wells; Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop; Representative JONES of Freedom; Representative KESCHL of Belgrade; Representative PARRY of Arundel; Senator PLUMMER of Cumberland; Representative RUSSELL of Portland; Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough
Maine currently has an industrial hemp law that would allows Maine farmers to cultivate hemp ONLY IF the Federal Government approves of the license.
This bill removes the requirement for Federal approval and removes the requirement that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant’s fingerprints.
It requires that any hemp seeds acquired for cultivation of hemp in the State come from an approved Canadian producer of hemp seeds. The amendment allows the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to issue licenses for hemp seed distribution to holders of seed labeling licenses. The amendment also allows hemp growers licensed by the State to acquire hemp seeds directly from a producer in Canada or from a state-licensed hemp seed distributor. The amendment requires that application fees and license fees are established by major substantive rules. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.
Outcome: The Agriculture Committee voted 12-1 in favor of allowing Maine farmers to grow hemp.
It passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.
The Senate sent the bill to the Appropriations Table, where the members voted against agriculture in Maine and killed the bill with an 11-2 ought not to pass vote.
Voluntary registration is BACK! You must still have a tamper proof physicians note. please read LD 1296 an act to ammend the Maine Medical Marijuana Act. http://www.mainelegislature.org
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