Maine officials say the number of caregivers applying for medical marijuana supplies in the state has plummeted.
of sun journal report More than a quarter of Maine’s businesses in the state’s medical cannabis industry have closed in the last two years. Maine regulators have pointed to another overt problem, the loss of caregivers, and blamed it on oversupply in the state’s health care industry, among other problems.
of spring report The Maine Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) describes a “mass drain” of 1,350 caregivers registered with the state to supply medical cannabis to patients.
By the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2023, about 950 caregivers suffered a net loss, despite the number of people entering the industry. He counted 2,070 caregivers as of March 31, according to state data. 3,032 caregivers will be recorded in 2021, and at the peak of the program in 2016, he had 3,257 caregivers.
This report outlines some of the reasons they believe caregivers are leaving the program.
“From the end of 2021 to the end of January 2023, more than 1,350 caregivers have exited the Main Medical Cannabis Program (MMCP),” the report said. “The impact of this outflow, the net loss of over 800 caregivers, was felt by the remaining caregivers, leaving no evidence as to why this trend emerged or why caregivers continue to leave the program. Rather than relying on anecdotal evidence, in early 2023 the Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) investigated former caregivers to find out why so many registrants exited the program. I understand better.”
The OCP condemns Maine legislators for five years in refusing to update the statute. Despite more than 1,000 caregivers leaving the programme, supply remains uninterrupted and OCP proves the market is oversaturated. The report also highlights skyrocketing utility and business costs, competition from the adult market, and bank restrictions.
“This study reveals that oversupply is the biggest problem facing health care programs,” said Jon Hudak, director of the Cannabis Policy Office, in a statement. “This oversupply has caused wholesale prices to drop significantly, making it difficult for registrants to withstand rising energy costs and other market conditions.”
The report also identifies another problem with caregivers feeling constantly threatened to avoid breaking the rules and walking on eggshells. Mandatory tracking systemFor example, those installed under recent legislation are too expensive to deal with. Clearly, many patients found it easy to get cannabis with their state ID at businesses that cater to adults.
Caregivers were asked in a survey by the OCP to explain why they would not sign up for the state’s medical cannabis program.
Asked for public comment, one caregiver wrote, “It will further regulate the size of the recreational cannabis business.” “We allowed big companies in and started growing and selling recreational cannabis. No one in the public her domain wants to pay him $50 for a medical card.”
The former caregiver continued: Drop the price to the bottom. By the way, our medical market is flooded with caregivers who are illegally forced to sell just to survive in today’s market. ”
However, it is important to note that the caregiver survey response rate was only 8%, or 117 out of over 1,300 contacted completed the survey. The report identifies a few things Maine’s medical cannabis industry needs to change to survive.