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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bangor Daly News, "Pot backers seek support from state Legislature"

Posted Nov. 30, 2010, at 8:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A group of residents angry with the Legislature’s latest changes to the state’s medical marijuana law are planning a quiet but concerted effort today to persuade the new crop of lawmakers in Augusta to make changes.

According to Cynthia Rosen of Washington, the residents are seeking either a moratorium on or repeal of a law that originated from a bill titled “An Act to Amend the Maine Medical Marijuana Act,” which was passed overwhelmingly in April of this year.

The bill, which was known in legislative circles as LD 1811,  followed a citizen-initiated referendum in November 2009 that was meant to increase access to marijuana for people with medical symptoms that could be eased by the drug. According to Rosen and others, the Legislature changed the intent of the initiative with passage of LD 1811.

“Medical marijuana patients and providers have been doing what they’ve been doing for over a decade,” said Rosen, who along with her husband is a medical marijuana provider. “Under the amendment [by the Legislature] they’ll be made criminals.”

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