If you’re around Fort Kent Friday afternoon, there’s a great seminar going on

This post is a shout out to anyone in the Fort Kent area looking for something to do Friday afternoon. If you’ve ever been curious about medical marijuana, the various ways to use it, and the conditions it can treat in Maine, there will be an informational session from 3:00 – 6:00. Medical marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM) is hosting the event at the Knights of Columbus, 372 Frenchville Road, Fort Kent.

Further information directly from the flyer is at the end of the post. These events are fairly casual and open to the public, so even if you can only attend part of it, these folks are share the gamut from the most basic to the most cutting edge in research information.

I attended one in Rumford and was impressed by the caliber of the seminar. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of seniors in the audience. From the questions, I surmised that some had been curious about the subject, but may have not known where to turn for good information.

I know the idea of medical marijuana can feel strange to people who have little or no experience with the plant. The informational session is a great way to shed light on the unknown and make the idea feel less strange. The people running it are not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also have an amazing capacity for making people feel at ease.

The former teacher in me was thrilled to see people feeling secure enough to get what they needed from an educational opportunity.

In the interest of disclosure, I have recently joined MMCM, which is a volunteer trade organization. MMCM started as a nonprofit in 2010 with the mission of helping caregivers and patients navigate the medical marijuana program.

Now, the organization wears any number of hats. Besides these kind of educational sessions, there are ones regarding business setup and compliance, best practices for client care and safety, record keeping, etc. MMCM also works collaboratively with municipal officials, educators, law enforcement, legislators and state officials to continuously improve the program and its interaction with communities/systems.

The organization is so strong, and the Maine medical marijuana program so positively renowned nationally, programs in other states like Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, and Texas have reached out to MMCM for support with improving their programs.

At a meeting this week MMCM Board Chair and Education Director Catherine Lewis  announced that the board had met with officials from the Center for Disease Control, who will now be in charge of overseeing the medical marijuana program. Lewis, who will be speaking in Fort Kent, was thrilled to report that the meeting was positive, and she is encouraged about the potential for the program under CDC oversight.

Both MMCM and the CDC will be putting a focus on data collection. This effort will preserve clients’ confidentiality and will accumulate data regarding the various conditions treated and to what success. This level of data collection will put Maine into a leading role when it comes to medical marijuana research, a logical next step for the best program in the country.


So sorry about the short notice on both of these announcements, by the way — I just learned of them this week. I’m kind of behind on keeping up!

Anyway, if anyone is interested in getting certified to use medical marijuana, but doesn’t have a physician to do so, Canna Care Docs, a state-wide practice will be at the same venue in Fort Kent on Saturday, October 15.

I’m not sure if folks have time to retrieve them, but interested patients would need to bring their medical records with them. Again, I’ve included further information at the end of this post.

Canna Care Docs is a practice with offices around the state that specializes in supporting patients get and maintain certification to use medical marijuana.  I’ve met their general manager Jenna McDonald at a couple different events, and she’s a lovely person — kind, compassionate and can keep it real. I imagine she helps to create an environment that puts patients at ease.

Canna Care Docs can be reached 207-286-9000. Their website is www.cannacaredocs.com

Here’s the info from the flyer:

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

Will be Hosting a Medical Marijuana Informational Session

Co-hosted by Full Bloom Cannabis, Steve Rusnack

On October 14th & 15th

Knights of Columbus, 372 Frenchville Road, Fort Kent, Me


Oct 14th,    3:00pm – 6:00pm – Catherine Lewis, The Board Chairman of MMCM & Director of                                                           Education, will be speaking.  Topics to include:


Your Maine Medical Marijuana Laws and Rules

Maine State Qualifying Conditions and How Cannabis Can Help

Who Benefits From the Medical Marijuana Program

MSR  (Sales Tax Requirements for Caregivers)

Q & A

Oct 15th,   10:00am – 1:00pm – Pat Philbrook, Nurse Practioner, and Cannacare Docs will issue                             recommendations   (you must have your medical records with you)   Cost $200.00

Please pre-register by calling Cheryl at MMCM  207-596-3501

Patricia Callahan

About Patricia Callahan

Trish is a writer who lives in Augusta. She has worked professionally in education and social services.