Maine Revised Statutes

§2428. Registered dispensaries

1. Provisions pertaining to primary caregiver apply to nonprofit dispensary. 
[ 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF); 2009, c. 631, §42 (RP) .]
1-A. Provisions pertaining to registered dispensary.  For the purpose of assisting a qualifying patient who has designated a registered dispensary to cultivate marijuana for the patient's medical use, a registered dispensary may in accordance with rules adopted by the department:
A. Possess and dispense up to 2 1/2 ounces of prepared marijuana and possess an incidental amount of marijuana for each qualifying patient who has designated the dispensary. For the purposes of this chapter, any incidental amount of marijuana is lawful for a registered dispensary to possess and is not included in the amounts of prepared marijuana specified in this paragraph; [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
B. Cultivate up to 6 mature marijuana plants for each patient who has designated the dispensary to cultivate the plants on the patient's behalf subject to the limit of 6 mature plants total for a patient who also cultivates marijuana; [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
C. Receive reasonable monetary compensation for costs associated with assisting or for cultivating marijuana for a patient who designated the dispensary; [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
D. Assist any patient who designated the dispensary to cultivate marijuana with the medical use or administration of marijuana; and [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
E. Obtain prepared marijuana from a primary caregiver under section 2423-A, subsection 2, paragraph H or from another registered dispensary for the purposes of addressing an extended inventory supply interruption under subsection 6, paragraph G. [2013, c. 503, §2 (AMD).]
[ 2013, c. 503, §2 (AMD) .]
2. Registration requirements.  Subject to limitations on the number and location of dispensaries in subsection 11 and rules adopted pursuant to this section, this subsection governs the registration of a dispensary.
A. The department shall register a dispensary and issue a registration certificate or renew a registration certificate within 30 days to any person or entity that provides:
(1) An annual fee paid to the department as set by rule pursuant to section 2425, subsection 12, paragraph C;
(2) The legal name of the dispensary, evidence of incorporation under Title 13-B and evidence that the corporation is in good standing with the Secretary of State;
(3) The physical address of the dispensary and the physical address of a maximum of one additional location, if any, where marijuana will be cultivated for patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate for them. If a registered dispensary changes the physical location of the dispensary or the location at which it cultivates marijuana, the dispensary shall notify the department on a location change form provided by the department, pay a change fee as established in section 2425, subsection 12, paragraph C and obtain a new registration certificate from the department;
(4) The name, address and date of birth of each principal officer and board member of the dispensary; and
(5) The name, address and date of birth of any person who is employed by the dispensary. [2013, c. 394, §7 (AMD).]
B. The department shall track the number of registered patients who designate a dispensary to cultivate marijuana for them and issue to each dispensary a written statement of the number of patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate marijuana for them. This statement must be updated each time a new registered patient designates the dispensary or ceases to designate the dispensary. The statement may be transmitted electronically if the department's rules so provide. The department may provide by rule that the updated written statements may not be issued more frequently than once each week. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
C. The department shall issue each principal officer, board member and employee of a dispensary a registry identification card within 10 days of receipt of the person's name, address and date of birth under paragraph A and a fee in an amount established by the department. Each card must specify that the cardholder is a principal officer, board member or employee of a dispensary and must contain:
(1) The name, address and date of birth of the principal officer, board member or employee;
(2) The legal name of the dispensary with which the principal officer, board member or employee is affiliated;
(3) A random identification number that is unique to the cardholder;
(4) The date of issuance and expiration date of the registry identification card; and
(5) A photograph if required by the department. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
D. The department may not issue a registry identification card to any principal officer, board member or employee of a dispensary who has been convicted of a disqualifying drug offense. The department shall conduct a criminal history record check of each principal officer, board member or employee on an annual basis in order to carry out this provision. If the department determines not to issue a registry identification card for a principal officer, board member or employee, the department shall notify the dispensary in writing of the reason for denying the registry identification card. [2013, c. 394, §8 (AMD).]
[ 2013, c. 394, §§7, 8 (AMD) .]
3. Rules.  The department shall adopt routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A governing the manner in which it considers applications for and renewals of registration certificates for dispensaries, including rules governing:
A. The form and content of registration and renewal applications; [IB 2009, c. 1, §5 (NEW).]
B. Minimum oversight requirements for dispensaries and the one permitted additional location at which the dispensary cultivates marijuana for medical use by qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate for them; [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
C. Minimum record-keeping requirements for dispensaries, including recording the disposal of marijuana that is not distributed by the dispensary to qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate for them; [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
D. Minimum security requirements for dispensaries and any additional location at which the dispensary cultivates marijuana for medical use by qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate for them; and [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
E. Procedures for suspending or terminating the registration of dispensaries that violate the provisions of this section or the rules adopted pursuant to this subsection. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]
4. Expiration.  A dispensary registration certificate and the registry identification card for each principal officer, board member or employee expire one year after the date of issuance. The department shall issue a renewal dispensary registration certificate and renewal registry identification cards within 10 days to any person who complies with the requirements contained in subsection 2. A registry identification card of a principal officer, board member or employee expires 10 days after notification by a dispensary that such person ceases to work at the dispensary.
[ 2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF) .]
5. Inspection.  A dispensary and any additional location at which the dispensary cultivates marijuana for medical use by a qualifying patient who has designated the dispensary to cultivate for the patient are subject to reasonable inspection by the department. The department may enter the dispensary and the one permitted additional location at which the dispensary cultivates marijuana at any time, without notice, to carry out an inspection under this subsection.
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]
6. Registered dispensary requirements.  This subsection governs the operations of registered dispensaries.
A. A dispensary must be operated on a not-for-profit basis for the mutual benefit of qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate marijuana. The bylaws of a dispensary and its contracts with qualifying patients must contain such provisions relative to the disposition of revenues and receipts as may be necessary and appropriate to establish and maintain its not-for-profit status. A dispensary need not be recognized as a tax-exempt organization under 26 United States Code, Section 501(c)(3) but is required to incorporate pursuant to Title 13-B and to maintain the corporation in good standing with the Secretary of State. [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
B. A dispensary may not be located within 500 feet of the property line of a preexisting public or private school. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
C. A dispensary shall notify the department within 10 days of when a principal officer, board member or employee ceases to work at the dispensary. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
D. A dispensary shall notify the department in writing of the name, address and date of birth of any new principal officer, board member or employee and shall submit a fee in an amount established by the department for a new registry identification card before the new principal officer, board member or employee begins working at the dispensary. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
E. A dispensary shall implement appropriate security measures to deter and prevent unauthorized entrance into areas containing marijuana and the theft of marijuana at the dispensary and the one permitted additional location at which the dispensary cultivates marijuana for medical use by qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate for them. [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
F. The operating documents of a dispensary must include procedures for the oversight of the dispensary and procedures to ensure accurate record keeping. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
G. A dispensary is prohibited from acquiring, possessing, cultivating, manufacturing, delivering, transferring, transporting, supplying or dispensing marijuana for any purpose except to assist qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate marijuana for them for the medical use of marijuana directly or through the qualifying patients' primary caregivers, to obtain prepared marijuana as provided in subsection 1-A, paragraph E or to provide prepared marijuana as provided in paragraph L and subsection 9, paragraph B. [2013, c. 503, §3 (AMD).]
H. All principal officers and board members of a dispensary must be residents of this State. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
I. All cultivation of marijuana must take place in an enclosed, locked facility unless the marijuana plants are being transported between the dispensary and a location at which the dispensary cultivates the marijuana plants, as disclosed to the department in subsection 2, paragraph A, subparagraph (3). The dispensary shall use a numerical identification system to enable the dispensary to track marijuana plants from cultivation to sale and to track prepared marijuana obtained pursuant to section 2423-A, subsection 2, paragraph H from acquisition to sale. Access to the cultivation facility is limited to a cardholder who is a principal officer, board member or employee of the dispensary when acting in that cardholder's official capacity, except that an elected official invited by a principal officer, board member or employee for the purpose of providing education to the elected official on cultivation by the dispensary, emergency services personnel or a person who needs to gain access to the cultivation facility in order to perform repairs or maintenance or to do construction may access the cultivation facility to provide professional services while under the direct supervision of a cardholder who is a principal officer, board member or employee of the dispensary. [2013, c. 501, §2 (AMD).]
J. A dispensary that is required to obtain a license for the preparation of food pursuant to section 2167 shall obtain the license prior to preparing goods containing marijuana, including tinctures of marijuana, for medical use by a qualifying patient. [2013, c. 516, §15 (AMD).]
K. A dispensary shall display the dispensary's registration certificate issued under subsection 2, paragraph A in a publicly visible location in the dispensary. [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (NEW).]
L. A dispensary may provide excess prepared marijuana to another dispensary that is experiencing an extended inventory supply interruption. [2013, c. 503, §4 (NEW).]
[ 2013, c. 501, §2 (AMD); 2013, c. 503, §§3, 4 (AMD); 2013, c. 516, §15 (AMD) .]
7. Maximum amount of marijuana to be dispensed.  A dispensary or a principal officer, board member or employee of a dispensary may not dispense more than 2 1/2 ounces of prepared marijuana to a qualifying patient who has designated the dispensary or to a primary caregiver on behalf of a qualifying patient who has designated the dispensary during a 15-day period.
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]
8. Immunity. 
[ 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF); 2009, c. 631, §42 (RP) .]
8-A. Immunity.   The immunity provisions in this subsection apply to a registered dispensary and officers, board members, agents and employees of the dispensary.
A. A registered dispensary is not subject to prosecution, search, seizure or penalty in any manner, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or an occupational or professional licensing board or entity, and may not be denied any right or privilege solely for acting in accordance with this section to assist qualifying patients with the medical use of marijuana in accordance with this chapter. [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (NEW).]
B. A principal officer, board member, agent or employee of a registered dispensary is not subject to arrest, prosecution, search, seizure or penalty in any manner, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or an occupational or professional licensing board or entity, and may not be denied any right or privilege solely for working for or with a registered dispensary to provide prepared marijuana to qualifying patients or to otherwise assist qualifying patients with the medical use of marijuana in accordance with this chapter. [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (NEW) .]
9. Prohibitions.  The prohibitions in this subsection apply to a registered dispensary.
A. A dispensary may not possess more than 6 mature marijuana plants for each qualifying patient who has designated the dispensary to cultivate marijuana for the qualifying patient's medical use subject to a limit of 6 mature plants total for a patient who also cultivates marijuana. [2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD).]
B. A dispensary may not dispense, deliver or otherwise transfer marijuana to a person other than a qualifying patient who has designated the dispensary to cultivate marijuana for the patient, to the patient's primary caregiver or to a dispensary as provided in subsection 6, paragraphs G and L. [2013, c. 503, §5 (AMD).]
C. The department shall immediately revoke the registry identification card of a principal officer, board member or employee of a dispensary who is found to have violated paragraph B, and such a person is disqualified from serving as a principal officer, board member or employee of a dispensary. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
D. A person who has been convicted of a disqualifying drug offense may not be a principal officer, board member or employee of a dispensary.
(1) A person who is employed by or is a principal officer or board member of a dispensary in violation of this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not more than $1,000 may be adjudged.
(2) A person who is employed by or is a principal officer or board member of a dispensary in violation of this paragraph and who at the time of the violation has been previously found to have violated this paragraph commits a Class D crime. [2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
E. A dispensary may acquire prepared marijuana only from a primary caregiver in accordance with section 2423-A, subsection 2, paragraph H or K, through the cultivation of marijuana by that dispensary either at the location of the dispensary or at the one permitted additional location at which the dispensary cultivates marijuana for medical use by qualifying patients who have designated the dispensary to cultivate for them or from a dispensary as provided in subsection 1-A, paragraph E. [2013, c. 503, §6 (AMD).]
F. A dispensary may not contract for the cultivation of seeds, seedlings or small plants or the cultivation, production or preparation of marijuana or food containing marijuana for medical use. [2009, c. 631, §42 (NEW); 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF).]
G. A registered dispensary may not use a pesticide on marijuana except a pesticide that is used consistent with federal labeling requirements, is registered with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control pursuant to Title 7, section 607 and is used consistent with best management practices for pest management approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. A registered dispensary may not in the cultivation of marijuana use a pesticide unless at least one registered dispensary employee involved in the application of the pesticide is certified pursuant to section 1471-D and all other registered dispensary employees who have direct contact with treated plants have completed safety training pursuant to 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 170.130. A registered dispensary employee who is not certified pursuant to section 1471-D and who is involved in the application of the pesticide or handling of the pesticide or equipment must first complete safety training described in 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 170.230. [2013, c. 498, §2 (AMD).]
[ 2013, c. 498, §2 (AMD); 2013, c. 503, §§5, 6 (AMD) .]
10. Local regulation.  This chapter does not prohibit a political subdivision of this State from limiting the number of dispensaries that may operate in the political subdivision or from enacting reasonable regulations applicable to dispensaries. A local government may not adopt an ordinance that is duplicative of or more restrictive than the provisions of this Act. An ordinance that violates this subsection is void and of no effect.
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]
11. Limitation on number of dispensaries.  The department shall adopt rules limiting the number and location of registered dispensaries. During the first year of operation of dispensaries the department may not issue more than one registration certificate for a dispensary in each of the 8 public health districts of the department, as defined in section 411. After review of the first full year of operation of dispensaries and periodically thereafter, the department may amend the rules on the number and location of dispensaries; however, the number of dispensaries may not be less than 8.
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
IB 2009, c. 1, §5 (NEW). 2009, c. 631, §42 (AMD). 2009, c. 631, §51 (AFF). 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD). RR 2013, c. 1, §41 (COR). 2013, c. 371, §4 (AMD). 2013, c. 374, §2 (AMD). 2013, c. 393, §4 (AMD). 2013, c. 394, §§7, 8 (AMD). 2013, c. 498, §2 (AMD). 2013, c. 501, §2 (AMD). 2013, c. 503, §§2-6 (AMD). 2013, c. 516, §15 (AMD).

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