On Nov. 18, 2017, the group Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine held an educational forum to discuss a set of new rules for medical marijuana caregivers. Although initially seen as a crackdown, caregivers have begun to warm up to the new rules and embrace the change.
Speaking with the Portland Press Herald, group member Catherine Lewis said that the new rules would help legitimize certain caregiver practices that fall into a legal gray area, such as patient cycling, a practice where caregivers serve a patient long enough for a single transaction and then “cycle” them out for another.
“As scary as it is having new rules imposed on us, things really aren’t changing that much,” Lewis said. “There were actually some positive changes.”
Although Main caregivers have begun to warm up to the new rules, some of the changes continue to be met with criticism. For example, under the new rules caregivers must submit to random grow-site inspections, in addition to annual inspections, and run the risk of losing their license if they refuse.
The new rules will take effect on Feb. 1, 2018.