AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - 15-years after marijuana was legalized in Maine for medical purposes, a by-product of the drug has led to controversy and confusion.
That by-product is called Kief, one of the most potent parts of marijuana. A bill proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services would ban it.
Supporters say without it patients won't get much benefit from using the drug, including some mothers who use it in an oil mixture to treat their young children for epileptic seizures.
"We won't be able to make her medicine anymore legally, so we have to either break the law or take the medicine that could save her life away from her", said Samantha Brown, mother of a 2-year old girl.
The bill was sponsored by Representative Mark Dion. When it came to testify he had a change of heart.
"I'm here to say publicly that I was wrong. My initial reaction was really a throwback to earlier thinking", he said.
Dion says at first he linked Kief to being Hashish, which is classified as a separate drug from marijuana. He says he later came to realize you can't separate a by-product of cannabis from cannabis itself. He told committee members he would help craft a revised bill at an upcoming work session.