AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee trying to implement Maine’s new medical marijuana law has agreed on a plan that allows up to eight medical marijuana dispensaries across the state.

Patients and caregivers would have to register with the Department of Health and Human Services and obtain a state-issued identity card to legally purchase marijuana.

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

Since then, the Legislature has been grappling with how to implement the changes.

The Kennebec Journal says the Health and Human Services Committee gave unanimous support Thursday. The full Legislature could take up the bill as early as next week.


Information from: Kennebec Journal,