Panel of 14 To Design Medical Marijuana System
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Panel of 14 To Design Medical Marijuana System
Posted by CN Staff on November 07, 2009 at 06:26:38 PT
By Susan M. Cover, Staff Writer
Source: Kennebec Journal
Augusta, Maine -- Gov. John Baldacci on Friday signed an executive order to create a 14-member task force that will help apply an expansion of the state's medical-marijuana law."Creating a new pharmaceutical distribution system is a complicated undertaking," he said in a statement. "Our goal is to follow the spirit and intent of the law while avoiding unintended consequences that could create serious problems in the future."
On Thursday, 59 percent of voters approved a citizen initiative that allows nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries to open across the state. It also adds to the number of conditions for which marijuana can be recommended by a doctor.Supporters said the dispensaries are necessary to provide a safe and legal way for patients to access the drug.The task force will have until Dec. 31 to come up with recommendations after reviewing the application of similar laws in other states. It will consider public health and safety, and advise the Department of Health and Human Services on how to develop rules, according to the governor's office.Committee members have yet to be named.Ten members will be appointed by the governor, and will include two members of the public, a physician representative, a patient representative, and someone from the Department of Public Safety.Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, may appoint two senators and House Speaker Hannah Pingree, D-North Haven, may appoint two representatives.The Committee on the Implementation of the Maine Medical Marijuana Act will be led by the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services or her designee.Source: Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME)Author: Susan M. Cover, Staff WriterPublished: November 7, 2009Copyright: 2009 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.Contact: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 10, 2009 at 08:53:12 PT
Maine Forms Task Force 
Maine Forms Task Force To Implement New Medical Marijuana LawSource: Governor of Maine November 10, 2009Governor John E. Baldacci today signed an executive order forming a task force to make recommendations on the implementation of a new medical marijuana law approved Tuesday by Maine voters.“Given the results of Tuesday’s election, it’s my responsibility to find the most reasonable way to implement the will of the people while also ensuring that we have appropriate safeguards in place to protect public health and safety,” Governor Baldacci said. “The law as written has shortcomings that must be addressed.”URL:
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Comment #3 posted by Treeanna on November 07, 2009 at 18:21:21 PT
Dont mix the states ;b
Link below is to Rhode Island, the main story is about Maine ;)
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on November 07, 2009 at 11:56:59 PT
looks bad
This doesn't look good to me. The ballot initiative had quite specific language on dispensaries and how they should be run and regulated. If they wanted to get a commission and make their own rules they should have done that 10 years ago.I suspect that now they'll try to implement rules that shut the program down and/or tie it up in litigation and appeals for as long as they can.e.g. look at Colorado where the current proposal is to only allow cannabis for medical patients with prescription, which is of course illegal under federal law and unobtainable.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 07, 2009 at 09:01:25 PT
R.I.: New Medical Marijuana Regs Expected Soon
November 7, 2009Providence, R.I. (AP) -- Health officials may soon issue rules governing the operation of medical marijuana stores in Rhode Island.Health Department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth said the new regulations could be issued as soon as this week. Officials expect to start receiving applications to open marijuana dispensaries this winter.State lawmakers voted this year, over the objections of Gov. Don Carcieri (kuh-CHEHR'-ee), to make Rhode Island the third state in the country to allow medical marijuana sales. Up to three nonprofit marijuana stores could eventually operate in the state.Rhode Island already allows chronically ill patients registered with the state to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in usable form and 12 plants.Copyright: 2009 Associated PressURL:
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