'Just Drop The Charade Of Pretending There Is A Shred Of Science Backing This,' Opponents Critique Medical Marijuana In Maine

Some people really don't like medical marijuana. And a lot of those people are members of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

The Maine chapter's head of the notorious anti-cannabis group—Scott Gagnon—lashed out at activists the day Governor LePage (R) vetoed a bill that would have expanded the state's medical marijuana program. He claims there is no research to back-up the idea of cannabis as medication.

"Medical marijuana activists, just drop the charade of pretending there is a shred of science backing this medicine-via-pot-shops model."

Too bad for him, however, because Maine lawmakers have since voted to overturn Governor LePage's decision. The new bill does away with the state's previous pre-approved conditions list, and instead allows physicians to prescribe medical marijuana as they see fit. It will also allow the state to license 6 more dispensaries and increase government oversight of caregivers while giving them the means to expand their operations.

Senator Eric Brakey (R-Auburn), who helped write the new law, says it will significantly improve Maine's medical marijuana program.

"The passage of L.D. 1539 will make it even stronger. More access and choice for patients. More flexibility for legal businesses. And more integrity to the overall program," he told the Press Herald.

So while there are some people who still like to ignore cannabis research, we're happy to see that the politicians have sided with medical marijuana advocates on this one.

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