AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislators are hearing from supporters and opponents of a citizen-initiated bill that would make medical marijuana available in Maine through state-licensed facilities.
Maine has had a medical marijuana law on the books for a decade, but patients say there’s no practical way for them to legally obtain marijuana.
The Maine Marijuana Medical Act would create nonprofit drug dispensaries, as well as a statewide ID card system to protect patients from arrest. A hearing Monday was held before the Committee on Health and Human Services.
If the Legislature fails to pass the act, the measure will head to Maine voters this fall because supporters collected more than 55,000 valid signatures to get it on the ballot.