State lawmakers have given their initial approval to LD 1296, An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Protect Patient Privacy.
LD 1296 seeks to protect the privacy of qualified medical cannabis patients by eliminating the 2010 mandate that citizens must be registered with the state in order to receive legal protection under state law. The measure also seeks to expand the number of qualifying conditions eligible for medical marijuana, and increases the amount of cannabis that patients may legally possess under a doctor’s supervision. LD 1296 also limits the ability of law enforcement to seize cannabis from lawful patients, and mandates for the return of any seized property within seven days.
Full text of LD 1296 is available online here.
You can track the status of this measure here.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage is expected to sign the bill,according to news reports.
Once signed, Maine will be one of the only states that provides full legal protections to medical marijuana patients without requiring them to register with the state.
You can urge Gov. LePage to support this legislation here.
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