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LePage Vetoes Medical Pot Bill for Maine

On Friday, Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, vetoed a medical marijuana bill that would enable doctors to certify the use of cannabis for any medical reason. LePage, a steadfast opponent of legalization, sent a veto letter late afternoon listing 11 reasons why he was against the bill, ranging from complaints about setting up a research fund to licensing hazardous extraction laboratories. At the same time, he noted that his list was by no means exhaustive. The bill, held over to a special legislative session last week, was an attempt by the Legislature to deal with longstanding issues in the state’s medical marijuana program, which has only twice gone through significant changes since its establishment in 1999. Currently, there are 42,000 certified medical marijuana patients in Maine. The bill would allow physicians to recommend patients get a medical marijuana card for any palliative or therapeutic use that physician feels appropriate. Effectively, …

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