After a set of proposed rule changes to Maine’s medical cannabis program was met with weeks of push-back from providers and consumers, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy has announced it is going back to the drawing board.
The office will scrap the most recent proposal and work with the industry to draft a more palatable set of rules.
Medical cannabis providers, known in the industry as caregivers, told the office during a lengthy public hearing early last month that the proposed changes too closely mirrored a set of rules they fought off in 2021. Customers and others echoed those concerns.
Among other items, the rules included product-tracking and other security requirements that industry members had already condemned as labor-intensive and cost-prohibitive the last time they were proposed. They said the proposal was overreaching, overly burdensome and threatened their ability to offer cannabis at a reasonable price, or in some cases, at all.
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