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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.

Educate

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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.

PESTICIDES CORE MANUAL AND EXAM

MMCM is trying to put together a schedule of classes and exam for caregivers to obtain their pesticide license... until then, please find below the information to be able to access and or download the...

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The Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program has a new address

The Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program is now located at Maine CDC in the Key Bank Plaza, 286 Water Street. The phone numbers of program staff and the current mailing address remain unchanged.

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Seniors Make Up The Fastest-Growing Demographic of Marijuana Users

Between 2013-2014, people 55 years old and older had the largest increase in marijuana use, according to CBS This Morning. This demographic went from 2,812,000 to 4,309,000 marijuana users in that tim...

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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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Join us at Other MMCM Events

July 28th - 4:00pm – 6:00pm New Patient Orientation
A Public Event by MMCM for new patients looking for direction...
This event will be hosted by Relief Clinic, at 23 Cross Street, Auburn ME

Sept 23, 24, ...

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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.