Maine Medical Marijuana Businesses Deemed “Essential” In Light of Pandemic

Maine Medical Marijuana Businesses Deemed “Essential” In Light of Pandemic

Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) issued a memorandum today explaining that medical marijuana businesses are deemed “essential” and may continue operating despite the spread of COVID-19. However, OMP urges medical marijuana businesses to take all necessary precautions to ensure proper sanitization and social distancing in their facilities. The memo, which can be found here, provides a baseline for increasing precautionary measures and also provides links to other state and federal guidance documents and directives for review. Other key points from OMP’s memo include the following: Medical marijuana dispensaries and caregivers are classified as “other medical facilities” under the Governor’s executive order and are allowed to stay open. Governor Mills urged “non-essential” public-facing businesses to close but medical marijuana businesses are exempt from this guidance. OMP will continue inspections of medical marijuana facilities and stores for the foreseeable future, while taking necessary precautions. OMP is continuing to review and process adult use marijuana establishment license applications. More conditional licenses will be issued soon, potentially as early as this Friday. OMP is prioritizing caregiver assistant and dispensary employee applications in the medical marijuana program in order to mitigate the likelihood of potential staffing shortages if employees get sick (it should not take more than one week to process employment-related applications, but please ensure all materials are complete prior to submission to ensure timely processing). The Maine Legislature adjourned one month ahead of schedule, but managed to pass one marijuana-related bill that was signed into law by Governor Mills. LD 1545 addresses a potential…

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