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Medical Marijuana Caregivers Maine has been in the State House every session since 2011 working to improve the state’s medical marijuana laws.

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We have an education team that teaches classes and provides info sessions on our Medical Marijuana Program law, business, best practices and more across the state for patients, caregivers, law enforcement .

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MMCM provides support to patients and caregivers across Maine with Municipality issues, Legal cases and correspondence with DHHS and other related agencies.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association Names Kim Printy Executive Director

Submitted by Catherine Lewis on Wed., 04/20/2016

Augusta, Maine – April 20, 2016 – Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association (MMCM) today announced that Kim Printy has been appointed Exec...

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Young fighter for sick children’s access to medical marijuana dies

Cyndimae Meehan, who had a rare form of epilepsy, and her mother were the faces of efforts in Connecticut and Maine to change the laws on pediatric cannabis therapy.

By Gillian Graham - Staff Writer - ...

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MMCM Network Meetings

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"Access to Monthly Networking Meetings"

MMCM members gain access to member only meetings held throughout the state every month. These interactive meetings begin with a networking session a...

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Other Events

April 22nd & 23rd, 2016 - 2016 Maine Republican State Convention, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME

April 23-24th, 2016 – New England Cannabis Convention, Boston MA Hynes Convention Center. MMCM wil...

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DHHS Has Lowered Fees as of January 5, 2015

The Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program has a 20% reduction in all fees. Any applications or requests for registry identification cards received prior to January 5, 2015 will be processed at the current rates and those received after that date will be processed using the new fee structure. This fee structure is as follows:
Dispensary registration renewal $12,000
Dispensary moving fee $4,000
Caregiver fee (per patient served) $240
Employee fees (dispensary and caregiver) $20
Change fee or card replacement fee $8
The fee for a background check remains the same at $31 and must be included along with any annual caregiver or employee application.
Please contact MMMP at 207-287-9300 with questions or concerns.

Patient Privacy and New Certification Process

The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services (DLRS) within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is mandating that all medical providers who certify patients for the use of marijuana use a new online portal starting January 5, 2015.

The DHHS is required by law to get a count of how many patients there are per county in the state. The department has stated that this portal is necessary to get that count.

In addition to the count of how many patients are being certified in what counties, the new web portal will require healthcare providers to enter private identifying patient information, including name, date of birth, and home address.

MMCM is communicating with legislators, health care providers and civil liberties groups to address concerns that this new system jeopardizes patient privacy protections guaranteed under Maine's medical marijuana law as updated by LD 1296, “An Act to amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act to Protect Patient Privacy.”

The Medical Marijuana Program website (http://.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/mmm/index.shtml ) states, “Patient information is not captured or stored in this new system.”

If the Department requires that identifying patient information be entered into an online form, there is concern that at some point the state could begin storing patient information, which could then be vulnerable to access by the federal government.

For more information on the privacy risks of a State patient list, read the article about Oregon's patient registry at: http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2013/04/11/feds-scoop-up-medical-marijuana-patient-records-in-oregon-investigation/ 

Even without a department database, there are inherent risks in sending identifying patient information over the internet, especially in light security breaches and technical problems resulting from past state software program glitches.

While medical marijuana is legal for use in Maine, it is still federally illegal, and many patients who work for federally-funded employers have expressed concerns about any identifying information about their status as a medical marijuana patient being made public to their employer.

The DHHS was charged by the Maine legislature with the task of determining how many patients are certified for medical use of marijuana in each county.

Requiring that a patient's name, address, and date of birth be entered into an online state form is not necessary for getting a count of patients.

The State of Maine did not pass any legislation or rule making directing the department to create an online form that requires collecting private patient information.

If you share concerns about risks to patient privacy resulting from sending identifying patient information over a new web portal, please contact your State Representative and Senator, and support MMCM's work to protect patient privacy.