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Marijuana Impairment Tests…

By Becky DeKeuster

The Maine Association of Dispensary Operators (MEADO) serves over 10,000 Mainers with an average age between 40 and 55 years old via the eight medical marijuana dispensaries regulated by DHHS. Together we employ 75 people and provide the highest quality products to our patients, free of pesticides and harmful growing agents. We take pride in serving our communities and work closely with regulators and law enforcement to ensure safe and consistent access to medical cannabis.

Medical cannabis can be administered under strict physician or physician assistant care under a 2009 law passed by Maine voters, enabling patients whose physicians believe they will benefit from the medical use of cannabis to access it from dispensaries. There is a limited list of conditions for which a physician or nurse practitioner may certify the use of medical cannabis. That list includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, nail-patella syndrome, intractable pain, and PTSD.

MEADO supports the effort to prevent driving while impaired by any substance, including cannabis. However, “per se” OUI limits, such as are now used to determine alcohol impairment, are ineffective in determining cannabis impairment, and should not be introduced. Scientifically sound roadside methods for assessing cannabis impairment do not exist today.

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