Following the lead of a key legislative committee, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has halted implementation of regulations for the state’s medical marijuana market.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The new rules would have been directed at caregivers, allowing for surprise inspections and closing a regulatory loophole under which cannabis processors have made and sold infused products.
- In December, the state health department said processors, labs and kitchens making infused cannabis products for caregivers were breaking state rules.
- If the regulations had gone through, they would have been the first changes to Maine’s MMJ program since 2011.
- The legislative committee is expected to work out ways to consolidate parts of the medical program with the recreational market, which remains on hold after voters approved it in 2016.
- Areas such as oversight, compliance, licensing, packaging, labeling, testing and regulatory control could all be combined, according to the health department.