Advocates for medical marijuana in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine held an information session today for those who are interested in cultivating their own legal medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and for those who wanted to learn more about the state of Maine's medical marijuana laws.

The organization went over what has recently changed with medical marijuana laws. Doctors are now allowed to recommend its medical use to patients and caregivers growing medical marijuana are now allowed to employ an extra person to help with maintaining their business. The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine believe that more flexibility in law will allow for more jobs to be created in the industry.

However, the group says there have been hurdles along the way.

"Pretty much every know caregiver in the state who has a account with a Maine bank got a notice saying their accounts are going to be closed by May. This is in response to a department of the Treasury memo that said it is legal for banks to have marijuana accounts in states where it's legal but the bank is responsible for insuring that the owner of the account is operating within the bounds of the state law," said Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Director, Hillary Lister.

The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine are also sponsoring a trade show and expo in bangor next weekend to further educate the public on legal cannabis cultivation and medicinal use. For more information on this event go to


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