Creation of a Maine State Seed Bank
Under the current Maine Medical Marijuana law, patients, caregivers and dispensaries are given the legal right to manufacture, distribute and use marijuana for medicinal purposes provided they are acting in accordance with the statute. However, there is no legal way for these parties to obtain seeds or clones in order to actually start the cultivation of this legally available medicine. A provider is put into a position where they must break federal law by ordering seeds from an international company and have them shipped across state lines which is a clear violation of federal law. This in essence, is forcing legal participants in a state sanctioned program to violate federal law in order to effectively and reliably meet the needs of their patients. The goal of this petition is to get this item on the ballot for a vote in the 126th session of the Maine State Legislature
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We the undersigned wish to bring to the attention of the legislature of the state of Maine a glaring omission from the current Medical Marijuana Law. Currently there is no legal way for qualified patients or qualified providers to obtain seeds and/or clones of parent marijuana plants. Access to these items is essential to the program's viability and overall success. The fact that this is not currently allowed by the current law is needlessly putting otherwise law abiding citizens in danger of federal prosecution by forcing them to use illegal means such as internet seed banks to obtain these necessary tools to effectively produce the medicine for which they are legally licensed to manufacture.
While the program in it's current form is a great start to allowing safe, affordable and legal access to this medicine for the qualifying patients of the state, this missing piece is a critical obstacle that remains in the way of the original intent of the citizens referendum that was passed in 2009. The Compassionate Caregivers of Maine respectfully submits the following signatures in and effort to have the legislature consider an amendment to the current law allowing for a state sanctioned seed/genetic bank to service the medical marijuana community here in Maine.
We would like that thank you in advance for your consideration to our petition from all of the signed petitioners, the Compassionate Caregivers of Maine (CCM) and the Maine medical marijuana community as a whole.
The Compassionate Caregivers of Maine (CCM)