In Near-Unanimous Vote, Maine Legislators Override Governor’s Veto to Expand Medical Marijuana Access

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to recommend medical cannabis for any patient they think would benefit under a new law.

Lawmakers overrode the Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto Monday with near-unanimous support. The law eliminates the list of medical conditions that an individual would currently need to prove to receive medical marijuana.

The law allows qualifying patients and unregistered caregivers to possess eight pounds, or 3.63 kilograms, of medical marijuana — up from 2.5 ounces. Medical marijuana dispensaries no longer must operate as nonprofits under the law.

New medical marijuana storefronts and facilities could  open up only in municipalities that vote to allow such stores. The law also launches a medical marijuana research grant program and allows six new dispensaries.

The law becomes effective 90 days after the Legislature’s special session ends.

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