Maine governor vetoes medical marijuana bill

Maine governor vetoes medical marijuana bill
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill on Friday that would have let doctors allow patients to use medial marijuana for any medical reason, the Portland Press Herald reported.

LePage, a vocal opponent of marijuana, wrote in a letter Friday that he was rejecting the bill for 11 separate reasons, including the bill’s creation of a fund for medical marijuana research and allowing dispensaries to become for-profit institutions.

In the letter, LePage noted that his list of reasons for vetoing the bill is not exhaustive.

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The state currently allows residents to obtain a medical marijuana card if they have certain qualifying conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Press Herald.

Lawmakers had introduced the measure in an attempt to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat opioid addiction, the newspaper reported.

The bill will return to the Maine state legislature for a possible override. The Press Herald reported that it’s unclear if an override will pass, though state Sen. Eric Brakey (R) — whose committee wrote the bill — predicts it will succeed because the bills "passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate."

The Maine legislature voted last month to overturn LePage's veto of a bill to regulate and tax recreational marijuana sales, allowing the commercial sale of marijuana in the state.