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Lawmakers Override Governor’s Medical Marijuana Veto

The law becomes effective 90 days after the Legislature’s special session ends

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to recommend medical marijuana for any patient they think would benefit under a new law.

Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto Monday with near-unanimous support. The law eliminates the list of medical conditions that an individual would currently need to prove to receive medical marijuana.

The law allows qualifying patients and unregistered caregivers to possess eight pounds of medical marijuana, up from 2.5 ounces. Medical marijuana dispensaries no longer must operate as nonprofits under the law.

New medical marijuana storefronts and facilities could only open up in municipalities that vote to allow such stores. The law also launches a medical marijuana research grant program and allows six new dispensaries.

The law becomes effective 90 days after the Legislature’s special session ends.

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