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Legislative Update February 13, 2017

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The Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation has been established. In addition to considering marijuana-related bills, the committee has been given the authority to submit its own legislation. It appears that most of the proposed bills which pertain to marijuana will be referred to this committee.

At this time only a few of the proposed bills mention medical marijuana:
LD 231, SP 77 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Regulate the Growing of Marijuana
Presented by Senator Davis of Piscataquis. Cosponsored by Representative Nadeau of Winslow and
Senators Cyrway of Kennebec, Dill of Penobscot, Representative Handy of Lewiston.

This bill allows a municipality to restrict the cultivation of marijuana for recreational or medical use to certain areas in the municipality or to prohibit cultivation entirely within the municipality. This bill allows a municipality to restrict the cultivation of marijuana for recreational or medical use to certain areas in the municipality or to prohibit cultivation entirely within the municipality. The bill applies to cultivation of marijuana under the Marijuana Legalization Act and the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act. Referred to Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation on Jan 31, 2017.

LD 389, SPO 130 An Act To Promote Access to Financial Institutions by Entities That Are Authorized under State Law
Presented by Senator Hamper of Oxford.
This bill allows state-chartered credit unions to procure private insurance in lieu of share insurance from the National Credit Union Administration to facilitate the provision of financial services to registered dispensaries or registered caregivers authorized under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, to entities licensed under the Marijuana Legalization Act and to their employees.
Reference Committee Insurance and Financial Services
Last House Action 2/2/2017 - The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES. In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Last Senate Action 2/2/2017 - Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed REFERENCE to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence

LD 411, SPO138 An Act To Add Addiction to or Dependency on Opiates or Prescription Drugs to the List of Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana
Sponsored By: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin
Cosponsored By: Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec, Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland,
Senator DION of Cumberland, Representative HAMANN of South Portland,
Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop, Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Senator MIRAMANT of Knox,
Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin

The Maine Legislature provides a bill tracking & text search tool for all proposed legislation. Choose session 128th and type “marijuana” in the text search. The full content, sponsors and status information can be viewed http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/default_ps.asp?snum=128&PID=0