Another important piece of legislation LD 1242, “An Act To Ensure Appropriate Oversight of Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program,” has been filed and will have a hearing in the near future.
Essentially, the bill would keep the rules as they were in 2018 and set up a new rule-making system with Maine stakeholders in mind. It would negate the “damage” done by out-of-state consultant, Andrew Freedman, who is associated with corporate tobacco and alcohol interests that are making a play to monopolize the cannabis industry.
The Maine Craft Cannabis Association (of which 1 Mill is an active member ) have been working on this for the past several months. Thank you to Rep. Lynne Williams of Bar Harbor for sponsoring this bill. An additional thank you to the “all-star” cast of co-sponsors including Senate President Troy Jackson of Aroostook County, Assistant House Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland, Senators Hickman of Kennebec County, Farrin of Somerset, Moore of Washington and several others.
This bill is a way for OMP and Governor Mills to right the ship and and let Mainers decide how this already thriving program is legislated in the future.
View the Maine Craft Cannabis Press Release here
We will keep you updated on when a hearing is scheduled and what action is needed!
It was a great turnout of caregivers and patients – mostly all against parts of the new rules that would affect patient access, lead to increase in product cost, and ultimately put a lot of small-family caregivers out of business.
Written testimony will be accepted here until April 1.
In addition, please contact your state representatives with your concerns as well.