Maine bill allows 8 marijuana dispensaries

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill to set up a dispensary and distribution system under Maine’s medical marijuana law is awaiting a final Senate vote.

The House voted 126-17 in favor of the bill Monday following a debate in which defenders stressed the importance of the drug as a palliative. Opponents questioned whether the state should expand access to a drug that’s banned on the federal level.

Maine is one of 13 states that allows medical use of marijuana. But there was no formal system for obtaining the drug other than growing small amounts until last November, when voters expanded a decade-old medical marijuana law.

The bill before the Legislature allows up to eight dispensaries, and sets a process to establish fees for patients, caregivers and dispensaries.

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