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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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Teaching classes and providing informational sessions. Medical Marijuana Caregivers program Series 101, Intro to Caregiving, Maine Medical Marijuana Laws, best practices and, more for patients, caregivers and anyone who wants to be educated.

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

New Office of Marijuana Policy Website Launches

The Office of Marijuana Policy recently launched its new website! In addition to our presence on  Facebook  and  Twitter , you can locate the office online at  https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp /.

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Registration for BioTrackTHC Trainings Opened Monday

The Office of Marijuana Policy is pleased to announce that the next round of track and trace portal trainings will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019. These training sessions are specifically intended for prospective adult use licensees and will be held in Augusta, Bangor, Hallowell, Lewiston, and Portland.

Registration for these training sessions will open at 8:00AM EDT on Monday, October...

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OMP Conducts Public Hearing on Testing Facility Certification Rule

Earlier this week, the Office of Marijuana Policy conducted a public hearing on our proposed  marijuana testing facility certification rule .

The public comment period concludes at 5pm EDT on Thursday, October 10, 2019. 

Comment may be submitted  through the OMP website  or to the attention of Gabi Bérubé Pierce, Esq. via the following:

  1. Office of Marijuana Policy
    162 State House Statio...

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MMCM Network Meetings

October  2019  Network  Meetings

Special Guest Speaker all this month will be Melissa Davenport “GHM Insurance Agency”                

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Join us at Other Events

Don’t Miss the 3rd Annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day Event 

 October 12 th , 2019  10:00am-5:00pm

Homegrown Healthcare of Maine, sponsored by

CBU Benefits, Insurance Benefits for the self employed

Thomas A. Maldonado, Hi-5 Maine, Processing Extraction

MMCM, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

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DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana

Read the article HERE: by Carrie Johnson - National Public Radio

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.

Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg says the decision is rooted in science. Rosenberg gave "enormous weight" to conclusions by the Food and Drug Administration that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and by some measures, it remains highly vulnerable to abuse as the most commonly used illicit drug across the nation.

"This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine," he said, "and it's not."
Hundreds of advocates for marijuana legalization rally and smoke pot outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 02, 2016.

Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, alongside heroin and LSD, while other, highly addictive substances including oxycodone and methamphetamine are regulated differently under Schedule II of the law. But marijuana's designation has nothing to do with danger, Rosenberg said.

 

IMG 0492 X3In a letter to the petitioners, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New Mexico nurse practitioner Bryan Krumm, Rosenberg said doctors are responsible for treating patients, but the FDA makes decisions about drug safety: "Simply put, evaluating the safety and effectiveness of drugs is a highly specialized endeavor."

Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, said in a statement that the decision was disappointing.

"President Obama always said he would let science — and not ideology — dictate policy, but in this case his administration is upholding a failed drug war approach instead of looking at real, existing evidence that marijuana has medical value," he wrote.

Most Americans support legalization, Angell wrote, and the federal government should at a minimum leave regulatory decisions to the states.

Drug enforcers insist they are supportive of efforts to advance scientific research on marijuana. The DEA said it has "never denied" an application from a researcher to use lawfully produced marijuana in a rigorous medical study, and Rosenberg pointed out that research continues on a variety of subjects, including the effects of smoking marijuana in human subjects.

A spokesman for the FDA said the agency shares "an interest in developing therapies from marijuana and its components and have taken aggressive, coordinated action to do so."
asdfA strain of high-cannabidiol marijuana is used to create extracts used in experimental epilepsy treatments.

The FDA added that well-controlled clinical trials represent the "most appropriate way" to advance scientific understanding and that the drug approval process gives the agency the important ability to determine whether a product meets the FDA criteria for safety and effectiveness.

In December 2015, federal authorities said, they made it easier for researchers conducting clinical trials on cannabidiol, a component of marijuana. Some scientists are studying whether the substance can help treat childhood epilepsy. "That would be a wonderful and welcome development," the DEA letter said, "but we insist that CBD research, or any research, be sound, scientific and rigorous before a product can be authorized for medical use."

What's more, federal authorities said, they are increasing the amount of marijuana available for legitimate research. They said they will open up new avenues for more people and institutions to manufacture marijuana for scientific purposes. Currently, the University of Mississippi is the only such site in the U.S.

"As long as folks abide by the rules, and we're going to regulate that, we want to expand the availability, the variety, the type of marijuana available to legitimate researchers," Rosenberg said. "If our understanding of the science changes, that could very well drive a new decision."

Click HERE to open AA-Rosenberg-Marijuana-Petition-Ltr-08-11-2016

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia allow some form of medical marijuana use, but the federal government has not taken that step despite prodding from federal lawmakers. Last month, the Democratic National Committee endorsed the idea of loosening federal restrictions on marijuana and "providing a reasoned platform for future legalization" in its platform.

For now, there remain two ways to change the federal government's classification of marijuana: for a host of federal agencies including the DEA and FDA to sign off; or for Congress to pass a law, and for the president to sign it.