Maine Measure Seeks Medical Marijuana Distribution System

April 23, 2007

, Associated Press

A state-regulated system to grow and distribute marijuana for medical purposes would be created if a bill in the Maine Legislature passes.


Portland Democratic Sen. Ethan Strimling's bill was reviewed by the Health and Human Services Committee during a hearing in Augusta on Monday.

Strimling's bill would create a state registry system with identification cards for patients eligible to receive marijuana for medical use.


It would also create a registry of nonprofit corporations that would acquire, cultivate and deliver marijuana to eligible patients.


The bill has the support of the Marijuana Policy Project of Washington.


Opponents include police and the Maine Attorney General's Office.


The issue has a long history in Maine. In 1999, Mainers voted to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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