Maine: Lawmakers Expand Privacy, Other Legal Protections For Medical Cannabis Patients

Augusta, ME: House and Senate lawmakers last week passed legislation, LD 1296, to protect the privacy of qualified medical cannabis patients.

The measure eliminates a recently enacted legislative mandate requiring medical marijuana patients to be registered with the state in order to receive legal protection under state law. LD 1296 also limits the ability of law enforcement to seize cannabis from lawful patients, and mandates for the return of any seized property within seven days.

Only two additional states — California and Washington — do not require patients to be registered with the state to receive limited legal protections.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says that he intends to sign LD 1296 into law.

Full text of the measure is available online via Maine’s legislative website here: