Strengthen the Efficacy of the Medical Marijuana Laws
|Sponsor:||Representative Paul Chace, House 46|
|Bill #:||LD 1135|
This bill makes the following changes to the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act:
1. The limit on the number of qualifying patients a primary caregiver may assist is clarified to be for a period of one calendar month or more;
2. The definition of a collective is strengthened;
3. The penalties for participation in a collective are enhanced;
4. A level of local control is provided by allowing a municipality to limit the number of primary caregivers that may operate within that municipality and allowing for enactment of reasonable municipal regulations applicable to primary caregivers;
5. The confidentiality provisions of primary caregivers are removed;
6. A primary caregiver and a registered dispensary are subject to fines for violations of the provisions of the Act or for failing to register as a primary caregiver or dispensary;
7. Fines prescribed for violations of the Act are mandatory;
8. The Office of the Attorney General may seek an injunction to require a registered primary caregiver, a registered dispensary, a person who fails to register as a primary caregiver and who engages in conduct that is only authorized for a registered primary caregiver or a person or entity that fails to register as a dispensary and that engages in conduct that is only authorized for a registered dispensary to comply with the Act. The District Court may order the registered primary caregiver, the registered dispensary or the person or entity to pay the costs of the investigation and the costs of suit, including attorney's fees;
9. The Office of the Attorney General may seek court action against a registered primary caregiver, a registered dispensary or a person or entity for violation of an injunction, including but not limited to imposition of a fine; and
10. The Department of Health and Human Services' burden of proof for a violation of the Act is a preponderance of the evidence.
The bill also includes an appropriations and allocations section.