Maine Abandons New Medical Cannabis Rules

The proposal drew strong opposition from the industry.

Maine cannabis regulators say they are back to square one after proposed changes to medical cannabis regulations drew strong opposition.

The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy has sought to alter the medical program for more than a year.

Regulators say new product-tracking and security requirements are needed to comply with state law.

The state’s cannabis industry, however, argues that the proposals to date are too burdensome and costly.

Last year, an initial proposal sparked an industry outcry — and new legislation that effectively killed the rule-making effort.

Another bid this year again met with protest from providers, customers and other stakeholders — and again will be discontinued.

OMP Director Erik Gundersen, the Portland Press Herald reports, wrote that officials will work with the industry to craft new rules.

But he also warned of a continued disconnect between what providers want to see and what is required by law.

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