Bill: LD 480, “An Act to Establish Fees under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act”

Sponsor: Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea

Becomes law: October 2013

Firmed up the range of licensing fees that the state can charge within the Medical Use of Marijuana Program and set a cap: If the program takes in more than $400,000, any amount over that has to go toward reducing fees.

Bill: LD 1062, “An Act to Add Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use”

Sponsor: Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland

Becomes law: October 2013

Expanded the list of medical ailments for medical marijuana use to include post-traumatic stress disorder and inflammatory bowel disease. The Legislature said no to using it to treat opiate addiction.

Bill: LD 1404, “An Act to Ensure the Integrity of Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program”

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Gilbert, D-Jay

Becomes law: Now (emergency status)

Allows licensed caregiver growers to hire one employee. It also allows caregiver growers to give away excess marijuana to qualified patients (other than their five designated patients) if no money changes hands.

Bill: LD 1423, “An Act to Amend the Medical Marijuana Law Regarding Excess Harvested Marijuana”

Sponsor: Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop

Becomes law: October 2013

Allows a licensed caregiver grower to sell up to 2 pounds of medical marijuana each year to a dispensary.

Bill: LD 1462, “An Act to Clarify and Correct Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act”

Sponsor: Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland

Becomes law: October 2013

Allows emergency service providers and repair and maintenance people into a cultivation facility with the grower supervising. (Think having a heart attack in the grow room or needing an electrician to work on wiring.)

Bill: LD 1531, “An Act to Maintain Access to Safe Medical Marijuana”

Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Saviello, R-Wilton

Becomes law: Now (emergency status)

Clarifies what types of pesticides can be used on marijuana plants, outlines the training needed for the pesticide handler.