According to a letter dated July 8, 2016, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has denied a petition by Dawson Julia, a medical marijuana caregiver, to add “Addiction to Opiates and drugs derived from chemical synthesis” to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, as reported by Portland Press Herald.
“It should be clearly understood that this decision was reached after careful consideration of the petition and information provided by the petitioner; other medical research, written and oral testimony submitted at the public hearing held on April 19, 2016, and consultation with two licensed Maine physicians,” said Mary Mayhew, DHHS Commissioner, in her letter to Julia.
“The decision sucks, but at the end of the day it just gives me more firepower to fight the fight,” Julia said in regards to the denial. “We’re going to keep fighting. I am not going away.”