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OMP UPDATE Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

 

Metrc Application Programming Interface (API) Now Available

Intended for developers, an API allows third-party software companies to interface with the State of Maine's track and trace portal, should they choose to do so.

Interested developers may find the API documentation on the Metrc website (https://www.metrc.com/maine ) under "Integration & API".

LD 1545 Signed Into Law by Governor Mills

Early last week, in response to COVID-19, the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature adjourned approximately one month ahead of schedule.

LD 1545, An Act Regarding the Collection of Samples for Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products, passed both chambers before the conclusion of the session and was signed into law by Governor Mills on March 23. The legislation is effective immediately and is chaptered as PL 2019, ch. 676.

This new law authorizes the licensure and operation of sample collectors to collect samples of marijuana and marijuana products for testing by adult use marijuana testing facilities. It also authorizes an adult use establishment to self-sample their inventory for mandatory testing and deliver those samples to a marijuana testing facility through October 1, 2021. The existing permission for marijuana testing facilities to collect samples directly from adult use establishments remains unchanged. 

OMP has already begun drafting the rules necessary to implement these new testing permissions.

Read the Law (HTML): PL 2019, ch. 676

ICYMI: OMP Issues Guidance Memorandum on COVID-19

Yesterday, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy issued new guidance to Maine Medical Marijuana Program registrants and prospective and conditional Adult Use Marijuana Program (AUMP) licensees on the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Caregivers and dispensaries have been deemed essential and are exempt from COVID-19-related closures based on their classification as "other medical facilities". Registrants should heed the directives of state and local officials relative to any new restrictions on hours of operation.

Read (PDF): Memorandum on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Civil Emergency
Read (HTML): Memorandum on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Civil Emergency