State health department chief says medical marijuana program is lacking

The head of the state department that oversees Maine’s medical marijuana program believes it lacks sufficient oversight, administrative authority and resources.

Ricker Hamilton, who worked at the Department of Health and Human Services for decades before being sworn in to lead it in November, spelled out his concerns in a letter this week to the Legislature, which is considering seven different medical marijuana bills this session. The bills cover a wide spectrum of possible reforms, from a bill that would allow cannabis to be used to treat opioid addiction to temporarily banning the awarding of any more caregiver licenses. more at