Opposition to Maine's marijuana initiative speaks out

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October 5, 2009

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AUGUSTA, Maine: Don LaRouche, a medical-marijuana patient, and the Maine Prosecutors Association are speaking out against Maine Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 5 which calls for changing medical marijuana laws in order to allow treatment of more medical conditions and to create a regulated system of distribution. LaRouche said he is concerned about state Department of Health and Human Services ability to oversee the program and the $5,000 cost for a dispensary registration and identification card process. He does not believe that the state department of health and human services should be in charge of the dispensaries.[1]

On the other hand, the Maine Prosecutors Association said that they are concerned about the smaller clauses in the initiative. For example, permitting someone with several misdemeanor drug convictions to run a dispensary and the child-custody provision that states that a medical-marijuana patient cannot be denied visitation or custody of a minor unless their behavior is "unreasonably dangerous to the minor." Fowle said this provision is not available to non-medical-marijuana patients.[1]

Jonathan Leavitt, director of the marijuana initiative, said, "We think this question is way overdue. We're going to make this happen." According to Leavitt the initiative aims to address a loophole in the current law that requires patients to grow the medically prescribed marijuana themselves. In reality, he said, most people purchase their marijuana on the black market. Of LaRouche, Leavitt said that he represents only a small group of people against Question 5.[1]

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* Maine Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 5 (2009)