Cannabis Legalization and What it Means for Maine
This month’s webinar–“Cannabis Legalization: What It Means for Maine. “Our special guest is David Boyer, campaign manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.” We’ll discuss:
– major features of the legalization initiative
– lessons and take-aways from existing legal states
– potential impacts on social concerns like driving and employment
– what legal adult use might mean for Maine’s medical cannabis program
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- Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine Cannabis Legalization: What It Means For Maine Presenters: Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, WCM Director of Education David Boyer, Campaign Manager, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Producer: Ben Gelassen, WCM Marketing Associate
- Why legalize? Why now? Gallup poll Oct. 7-11, 2015
- Will Maine’s demographics matter? Gallup poll Oct. 7-11, 2015
- Isn’t it already legal in some places in ME?
- Will legalization increase social problems? Will legalization increase the number of adults who have access to cannabis? Will legalization increase the number of cannabis-impaired drivers on our roads? Will legalization increase the number of people under age 21 who have access to, or choose to use it? Will legalization increase the number of Mainers who have cannabis dependence?
- Will legalization burden treatment centers?
- How will legalization affect the mmj program? 40,000+ individual mmj patients 8 state-licensed & regulated dispensaries 2,200+ state-registered caregivers
- How does the current medical program work? Grow • Provider grows all product Process • Provider packages all product OR • Provider makes edible/other form Provide • Provider dispenses product Maine’s medical marijuana program is currently VERTICALLY INTEGRATED Department of Health & Human Services
- How will the adult-use program work? Maine’s adult-use program will be a DISTRIBUTED model Department of Agriculture Cultivation (3,000 sq ft or less) Cultivation (3,001 sq ft and up) Retail stores Product Manufacturers Testing facilities Social clubs
- Who is involved in the effort? Initiative language Originally two groups with two separate initiatives Merged in Winter 2015 Submitted 103,000+ signatures 2/1/16 Funding & experience
- What is the timeline? Signatures verified by Feb. 29 2016 Nov. 8 2016: Voting Nov. 9 2016: Legislature begins rule- making Dec. 8 2016: Home growing and some other provisions take effect Spring 2017: Rules finalized and RFP process begins January 1 2018: Program launches
- How can we learn more? Campaign website: www.regulatemaine.org Contact David Boyer: email@example.com
- Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine Thank you for your time and attention! What are your remaining questions & concerns?
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