Medical marijuana caregivers look to expand businesses

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While the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine’s trade show was focused on medical marijuana, some, though not all, caregivers at the eighth annual event said they hope to expand their operations also to sell marijuana to adults for recreational use when the state finally sets the rules.

Most said their focus will remain on providing marijuana to their patients who need it, but said also selling marijuana retail to adults for recreational use could help ensure the financial stability of their operation and make it easier for people with medical needs who could be helped by marijuana but who haven’t taken the steps needed to be certified as a medical marijuana user.

“I think what you’ll see is many will look to add adult use into their medical” marijuana operations, said Catherine Lewis, president of the board of directors of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, a trade association for caregivers and patients and owner of Homegrown Healthcare of Maine, a caregiver store in Winthrop, and Homegrown the Offering, a small caregiver store in Hallowell. “Myself, I feel like I have to expand to adult use. The adult use market will afford us the opportunity to serve patients; but we do need to make sure, when adult

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