Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill

Maine’s Legislature has voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of legislation allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis for any condition they deem appropriate.

Recently Maine’s Legislature voted overwhelmingly to pass LD 1539, which removes the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions, instead allowing doctors to recommend the medicine to anyone they feel could benefit of it. The measure makes several other changes, including increasing the number of dispensaries allowed in the state from eight to 14.

Despite passing by a combined vote of 144 to 31 in the House and Senate, Governor LePage  – a staunch opponent of marijuana and efforts to liberalize the laws surrounding it – vetoed the measure.  Thankfully the bill had well more than the 2/3rds support it needed in the legislature for them to override the veto, which they have now officially done.

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Maine Legislature Approves Bill to Prevent Medical Marijuana Patients from Being Denied Organ Transplants

Maine’s full legislature has has passed legislation to protect medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants.

Maine’s LD 764 has now been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, and Senate, meaning it will soon be sent to Governor Paul LePage for consideration. The bill, filed by State Representative Deborah Sanderson (R) with eight bipartisan cosponsors, “prohibits the medical use of marijuana from being the sole disqualifying factor in determining a person’s suitability for receiving an anatomical gift.”

The full text of the one-page measure can be found below:

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Maine Committee Passes Legislation to Prevent Medical Marijuana Patients from Being Denied Organ Transplants

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A key committee in Maine has given approval to legislation designed to protect medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants.

LD 764 has been given approval by the Join Standing Committee on Health and Human Services with a close 7 to 6 vote. According to its summary, “This bill prohibits the medical use of marijuana from being the sole disqualifying factor in determining a person’s suitability for receiving an anatomical gift.” The measure was filed by State Representative Deborah Sanderson (R) along with eight bipartisan cosponsors.

Below is the full text of the one-page measure:

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Maine Bill Would Require Health Insurance to Cover Medical Marijuana

A bill to require health insurance carriers to cover marijuana for qualified patients has been introduced in Maine.

According to H.P. 747’s official summary; “This bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for marijuana for medical use for a health plan enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from an authorized medical provider.”

Below is the full text of this incredibly short, yet impactful measure:

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