MAINE -- Across the country patients on transplant waiting lists are kicked off for using medical marijuana.
In Maine, Garry Godfrey has been on a kidney transplant since 2003. He has Halport Syndrome, a hereditary condition which causes kidney failure at a young age.
Godfrey uses marijuana to cope with the dibilitating pain and to be able to function.In 2010, the state of Maine changed it's policy.
Question 2 was passed by voters in 1999 and took effect later that year, allowing patients to possess and cultivate medical marijuana with an oral or written "professional opinion" from their physician. Patients who are arrested for having more than the allowed amount of marijuana may use a "simple defense" against the charges. Amendments established a confidential registry and identification program (required for eligible patients). Maine allows visiting qualifying medical marijuana patients with a valid medical marijuana identification to medicate within the state.
Illnesses: epilepsy and other conditions characterized by seizures; glaucoma; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; nausea; HIV/AIDS; cancer; hepatitis C; Lou Gehrig's disease; Crohn's disease; Alzheimer's disease; nail-patella syndrome cachexia (other conditions subject to state approval)
Possession: 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana
Cultivation: Six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature
Dispensaries: Up to eight non-profit dispensaries, one for each public health district, are allowed under state law
Caregivers: Must be 21 years of age or older and can never have been convicted of a drug offense
Statute: Maine Rev. Stat. tit. 22, 2421 - 2430
Godfrey testified, supporting a bill that would stop hospitals rejecting patients using medical marijuana.The committee now has the following bill before them.
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