Lawmakers in Maine overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) veto on a bill to let doctors allow patients to use medical marijuana for any medical reason.
According to the Portland Press Herald, lawmakers in the Maine House of Representatives voted 119-23 to override the veto and the state’s Senate voted 25-8 to do the same on Monday.
The legislation also reportedly allows caregivers to expand their business operations, gives the state and municipalities more influence to regulate them, and grants six new medical dispensary licenses.
“Maine’s medical cannabis program is already one of the best in the country,” state Sen. Eric Brakey (R), who helped to write the legislation as co-chairman of the state’s Health and Human Services Committee, told the local publication.
“The passage of L.D. 1539 will make it even stronger. More access and choice for patients. More flexibility for legal businesses. And more integrity to the overall program,” he added. [Read More @ The Hill]