Pubdate: Sat, 29 Mar 2014
Source: Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME)
Copyright: 2014 MaineToday Media, Inc.
Author: Susan W. Meehan


L.D. 1739, "An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act," 
was returned to the Legislature's Committee on Health and Human 
Services on Feb. 11, after parents and patients expressed concern 
with the language about "kief" as well as other concerns.

I know our legislators in Maine's House and Senate have no ill intent 
toward our children, but they are being misled. This committee has 
completed its review. Committee members report that the proposal now 
references Maine's Criminal Code in regard to "hashish," and now 
directly prohibits the use of hashish. By the referenced Maine 
Criminal Law Code, hashish is defined to include marijuana extracts. 
With the change of words from "kief" to "hashish," and this reference 
to Maine's Criminal Code, the law effectively bans my daughter's medication.

My daughter's doctor should be allowed to prescribe the best way to 
treat her epilepsy with this so-far miraculous medication. Marijuana 
extracts have reduced her grand mal seizures from dozens a day to 
one, sometimes none. I implore our legislators, and I beg our Maine 
residents to contact their legislators to not pass any version of 
L.D. 1739 that restricts any part or derivative of the cannabis 
plant, including but not limited to hash, hashish, extract, oil, 
butter, honey, kief, resin, flower, leaf, residue, shake. A rose by 
any other name is still a rose.

People can watch a video clip of my daughter having an intense grand 
mal seizure at When "cannabis 
911 oil" is rubbed into her gum line, it stops a seizure faster than 
any other medication ever has.

It takes the whole plant to save my child. I know our legislators do 
not intend harm to our children. I implore them to not let my daughter die.

Susan W. Meehan Monmouth
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