Bill Allowing Cannabis For Any Medical Condition Shot Down By Maine Governor

A bill allowing doctors to recommend medicinal cannabis for any medical condition has been vetoed by Maine Governor Paul LePage (R). The noted marijuana opponent cited 11 reasons for blocking the bill.

Currently, Maine's medical marijuana program only allows patients with particular conditions to access cannabis. Things such as chronic pain, AIDS and Alzheimer's are approved condition. But, a bill recently made its way through the Maine legislature that would have done away with this list, allowing doctors the ability to certify patients for medical marijuana use as the see fit. This would have seen Maine come in line with Oklahoma, which approved similarly loose regulations for its medical marijuana programs.

The bill, however, has been vetoed by Governor LePage. It now heads back to the Legislature for override consideration. Overridesays Senator Eric Brakey (R-Auburn), who co-charis the legislative committee that authored the new billcould be likely.

"These bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate," Brakey told Press Herald. Overriding LePage's veto would "increase the choice for patients and legal businesses, while increasing the integrity of our medical cannabis program."

Brakey may be right, as the Legislature successful acted to override LePage's veto on recreational cannabis legalization back in May.

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President Trump's 2020 budget request includes a loophole that would let Washington, DC finally open up dispensaries for recreational cannabis. Although DC voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis back in 2014, Congress has used its power over the nation's capital to prevent it from selling cannabis for recreational use. Right now, local dispensaries can only sell medical marijuana to registered patients thanks to Congress, which controls spending in the District of Columbia.

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