Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Expansion of Medical Marijuana Passes in Maine

Yesterday, Maine voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure expanding the medical marijuana laws in the State of Maine. The measure passed by a 59 to 41 percent margin. The measure would create dispensaries to disperse marijuana and increase the number of ailments eligible for a prescription. Most of Maine's newspaper editorial boards opposed the measure on the basis that the lack of oversight of the dispensaries would create problems for law enforcement. The passage of this measure bodes well for a measure that may be placed on the 2010 ballot which would decriminalize marijuana in Maine.

Maine becomes the fifth state to allow for dispensaries to distribute medical marijuana. In the recent months the federal government has announced that federal agents will stop raiding local marijuana dispensaries and distributors so long as state law allows for their existence and operation.

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