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OMP Adopts Remote Compliance Inspections in Effort to Further Enhance Social Distancing Precautions

 

The Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and make adjustments, as necessary, to its operations to support the recommendations of public health experts. The public's health, safety, and well-being are always our top priority.

Effective immediately, OMP will suspend in-person Maine Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) field inspections in favor of inspections performed remotely by telephone, e-mail, or video conference.

In-depth interviews will be conducted by OMP compliance staff, and we will seek to obtain as much supporting documentation as possible from MMMP registrants. For example, OMP will request images of all applicable permits, licenses, certifications, files, logs, and records. We appreciate your understanding and efforts as we adjust to this new arrangement.

Reminder Regarding Qualifying Patient Certifications

Under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, medical providers registered with MMMP are able to provide certifications to patients that are "likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana...".

To be considered a qualifying patient in Maine's medical program and to conduct lawful sales as a MMMP registrant, the purchaser must possess a valid patient certification. A patient certification is only valid if it is issued on "tamper-resistant paper signed by a medical provider...". OMP provides registered medical providers with the state's tamper-resistant patient certification paper at no cost.

Temporary and/or digital medical marijuana cards are not an acceptable form of identification for the purposes of obtaining marijuana for medical use in Maine.

Contacting OMP During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite adjustments to our normal business operations, OMP continues functioning at full capacity. As a reminder, current MMMP registrants and prospective and conditional Adult Use Marijuana Program (AUMP) licensees may continue to interact with the office in a variety of ways:

  • Online: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/  
  • Email
    • Licensing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Compliance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: (207) 287-3282
  • Mail: 162 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0162

MMMP-related applications and payments may be sent via the United States Postal Service or other common courier. AUMP applications-both individual identification cards and facility applications-are available online and payment may be remitted by mail. Tracking options are available to ensure delivery of your correspondence.