Maine’s Medical Marijuana Caregivers Form Trade Association


November 18, 2010 – Maine’s Medical marijuana caregivers are forming a trade association. Jonathan Leavitt of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine says the group will ensure that caregivers “have a place” at the policy-making table. Leavitt says there are between 750 and 1,250 patients in Maine registered to receive medical marijuana.

The move comes a year after Maine voters agreed to expand the state’s medical marijuana law to include a network of dispensaries for distributing the drug. Each medical marijuana caregiver is allowed to grow pot for up to six patients who can’t grow their own.

“Patients get to have a personal relationship with the people who grow their medicine, and the lack of administrative overhead means they can get their marijuana at a better price,” Leavitt said at a news conference this morning in Augusta.

He says the group also plans to work with law enforcement to protect patients’ and caregivers’ rights. Leavitt says Maine’s caregivers network has created at least 500 jobs in the state since the spring. Source.


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