Maine Workplace of Marijuana Coverage to Set up Medical Marijuana Working Group – MJNews Community

Efforts seek to engage stakeholders and identify potential improvements to the state medical cannabis program.

MAINE: The Office of Marijuana Policy announced that it is seeking qualified candidates to fill seats in its newly created working group who will advise on regulatory issues, patient access best practices and education, contribute to ongoing improvements to Maine’s medical cannabis program, and should meet the requirements Fees for the involvement of interest groups in public law 2021, chap. 387 and resolves in 2021, chap. 95.

The new medical marijuana working group will consist of at least 16 external members representing Maine’s medical marijuana industry, cannabis patients, the public health system, and cities and towns. Representatives from OMP will chair the working group and join members in discussions that will focus on changes or updates that may be necessary for Maine’s medical marijuana program.

“We look forward to the opportunity presented by convening a group of well-qualified people to share a common goal of both maintaining patient access and supporting the regulated market,” said Erik Gundersen, Director of the Office of Marijuana Policy in Maine. “Our vision as a cannabis regulator has always been to build a trusting partnership with our stakeholders by creating rules and guidelines that give interested consumers access to a regulated industry.”

The working group will be convened virtually four times in the coming months. The outcomes of the meetings are expected to take steps that can be taken through legislation and regulation or the development of recommendations to streamline the Office’s licensing and compliance processes to ensure that the medical program meets the characteristics of a regulated industry.

The members of the working group will serve as volunteers and must meet the requirements of the specific seats they wish to occupy. The office is looking for people to fill the following positions: a minimum of five registered nurses, two registered pharmacy representatives, one marijuana testing facility representative, one product manufacturing facility representative, three qualified patients who are not registered caregivers, two people, the communities in Maine and two relevant health professionals. The Office reserves the right to include additional representatives at its own discretion.

Further information and applications for the working group are available on the OMP website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/workgroup. OMP is now accepting applications until Friday, September 3, 2021.

Virtual meetings of the Medical Marijuana Workgroup take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

These efforts should not be confused with the Maine State’s Marijuana Advisory Commission, a public body affiliated with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services charged with advising the legislature on matters related to the medical and adult programs. In contrast to these efforts, the establishment of this working group is temporary and the members will be given direct advice to OMP.

The Office, a division of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of legalized marijuana in Maine, including medical programs and adult use programs.

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