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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services released new rules this week governing the state’s medical marijuana program, but a new requirement that patients and caregivers alike must submit to government inspections has raised the hackles of the state’s medical cannabis industry, reports the Portland Press Herald. The department did not release a press statement explaining the changes to their regulations, leaving it up to concerned parties to read the rules for themselves to discover the new policies.
The regulations also tighten up several aspects of the state’s MMJ program, setting requirements for patient designations, caregiver and dispensary recordkeeping, and written certifications. The regulations also set up a system for monitoring and enforcing compliance for caregivers and companies operating in the state. DHHS spokesperson Emily Spencer said that the department has been working on these rules for over a year, and have incorporated changes to the MMJ program passed by state legislators over the past two years.
One of the most alarming elements of the new regulations is a requirement that caregivers must submit to unannounced