Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access

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Maine Governor Paul LePage (R).

Legislation to significantly expand patients access to medical cannabis in Maine will become lawlater this fall following Mondays decision by lawmakers to override Governor Paul LePages veto.

By a vote of 119 to 23 in the House and 25 to 8 in the Senate, Maine lawmakers rejected Gov. Paul LePagesvetoofLD 1539. The bill will become law 90 days after the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session.

Under the new law, physicians will possess the discretion to recommend cannabis for any patient for whom they believe it will benefit.

It also expands the total number of licensed medical dispensaries from eight to 14, earmarks funding for medical marijuana research, permits caregivers to oversee multiple patients, and licenses marijuana extraction ...

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