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In the midst of all of the problems lawmakers in Maine are having with getting their recreational marijuana legalization regulations in place comes word that authorities are planning a crackdown on extract processors and edibles makers who supply medical cannabis caregivers in the state with oral tinctures, topical salves, vaporizer waxes and cannabis-infused food for patients. At issue are current rules in Maine that state that only a caregiver and one employee can touch any medical marijuana given to a patient. This essentially means that caregivers have to make the products themselves and can’t buy them from a kitchen or lab that specializes in that kind of work. A back-and-forth donation system has been the workaround that these processors have been using to supply caregivers, but now the Maine Department of Health and Human Services says that practice is illegal and that all of the processors must cease operations by February 1, 2018. “When these rules kick in, we are going to see a lot of frustrated patients struggling to find the medicine that works best for their needs, as well as plenty of upset business owners who have invested many hours and dollars,” caregiver Dawson Julia, who owns East Coast CBDs in Unity, ME said. “If processors are forced to shut down, we’ll lose some of the most qualified and knowledgeable experts in the industry, as well as some of their state-of-the-art facilities.” Unless caregivers and activists convince authorities in Maine to amend or change the processing ban, the crackdown will ensue, preventing many patients from accessing the medicine they need and driving what is left of that part of the industry underground. Medical Marijuana Extract Processors and Edible Makers Face Imminent Crackdown in Maine

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