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Corporate Interests in Maine Sink 2014 Marijuana Legalization Effort

October 31st

AUGUSTA, ME — As we mentioned here previously, NORML has worked with Representative Diane Russell in Maine to draft and prepare for introduction a measure that would have legalized and regulated the adult use of marijuana in the state. The proposed legislation would have legalized the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and […]

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Maine Lawmakers Expand Medical Marijuana Program to Include PTSD

June 13th

AUGUSTA, ME — Lawmakers in Maine have passed a bill that will expand the list of qualifying ailments for medical marijuana to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), inflammatory bowel disease, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms.

Lawmakers in both chambers voted Wednesday to approve the bill, “An Act To Add Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use.”

The bill, LD 1062, was originally suggested by the Committee on Health and Human Services, and was sponsored by six lawmakers, including Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland).

New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware are the only states that specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana.  Lawmakers in Oregon passed a bill earlier this month to expand their medical marijuana program to allow treatment of post-traumatic stress.

A small handful of other states, like California, allow doctors the discretion to legally recommend marijuana for PTSD patients.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to impact some eight million Amer. . . . . READ MORE

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