Purpose. These rules implement the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP). The rules include definitions of terms, and identification of debilitating medical conditions for which the medical use of marijuana is authorized. They also include procedures for issuing a certificate of registration to a dispensary, and registry identification cards to qualified patients, primary caregivers, staff of hospice providers and nursing facilities, and qualified principal officers, board members and employees of dispensaries. The MMMP rules also govern confidentiality, payments of fees, and enforcement of these rules. The activities described in these rules are considered a violation of federal law. Qualifying patients, primary caregivers and dispensaries may be subject to federal sanctions for what is otherwise considered authorized conduct in the state of Maine. The department is not responsible or liable for the actions of patients, primary caregivers and dispensaries under these rules.
In November 2009, voters approved an initiated bill that changed Maine's medical use of marijuana laws (IB 2009, c.1, § ). See 22 M.R.S.A. Chapter 558-C.
The Maine Legislature amended the initiated bill. See Public Law 2009, Chapter 631 (Emergency Preamble) that took effect April 9, 2010.
Emergency Rules (filing 2010-174) took effect May 5, 2010 for 90 days.
(NEW) 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 122, Rules Governing the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program:
August 4, 2010 - filing 2010-317
December 31, 2012 - filing 2012-353
June 19, 2013 - 126.96.36.199 added, 188.8.131.52 removed, filing 2013-142 (Emergency)
22 M.R.S.A. Chapter 558-C
The amended version of this chapter by 2/1/2018 - filing 2017-168 is not yet available.