Caregivers would have to get municipal approval to sell cannabis to their patients out of a retail shop under a proposed amendment to a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill pending before the Maine Legislature.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, mirrors one that he added to the adult-use cannabis regulatory bill this year that helped it secure enough political support to overcome a gubernatorial veto.
“This amendment would not stop licensed caregivers from selling out of their homes, where they grow their medical marijuana,” Katz said Friday. “It would, however, give municipalities control over all local retail marijuana sales – medical, recreational, all of it.”
The amendment means that towns wouldn’t have to do a thing to prevent retail marijuana sales. Caregiver stores that have already opened – with municipal approval – would be safe, but those that opened without specific local authorization could get shut down, Katz said.
Municipal authorization could take the form of a business permit for medical marijuana sales, zoning laws that allow medical marijuana stores