Medical marijuana caregivers want to help the people who were recently laid off from Lincoln Paper and Tissue. A boiler explosion and the loss of a major contract triggered the layoff of roughly 200 workers in December.
Members of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers Association of Maine have organized a free seminar to help teach those laid off workers how to become medical marijuana caregivers. A caregiver cultivates medical marijuana for up to five patients at a time.
Currently, there are about 1,300 licensed caregivers in Maine. But Paul McCarrier, Legislative Liaison for MMCAM, says the addition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the approved list of conditions that can be legally treated with marijuana the need for caregivers is on the rise.
“Well the workshop is going to teach them how to register to become a caregiver. What the regulations are, what they can expect to make for an income, how best to serve patients, some of the basic paperwork such as accounting, how to keep track of your patients, how to best serve them,” McCarrier said Thursday. “It’s going to last about two hours then we’ll have an hour for question and answer and be able to answer some more technical questions on the growing of the plant.”
The workshop is scheduled for:
* Monday, January 27, 6:00 p.m.
* First Congregational Church – School Street, Lincoln.
It’s free and open to the public but if the event fills up, first preference will be given to laid off mill workers.