Maine’s medical marijuana market will escape closer state oversight with new law

A new law strips the state office charged with overseeing Maine’s two legal marijuana markets of the ability to independently craft new rules governing just one of those markets — the market for medical marijuana, where a state official has said there’s likely more illegal activity happening.

The new law, which took effect Saturday, means the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy can’t act on its own to issue temporary rules governing the state’s medical marijuana market. Any rule from the office regulating medical marijuana has to go through the state Legislature, which can either accept, reject or modify any proposed rules.

Normally, state agencies can implement many regulations without seeking the Legislature’s approval.

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