Office of Marijuana Policy Switches to Virtual Inspections

March 31st, 2020, Medical, Regulatory, State

Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy issued a press release stating that the office will suspend in-person inspections of registered medical marijuana facilities but will continue to inspect these operations remotely.  Drummond Woodsum’s regulatory attorneys are available to provide pre-inspection audits that will help ensure your documentation is in order prior to submission to OMP.  For more information, please contact Mary Kennedy at mkennedy@dwmlaw.com.  

The full text of OMP’s press release regarding inspections is provided below. 

OMP Adopts Remote Compliance Inspections in Effort to Further Enhance Social Distancing Precautions

The Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and make adjustments, as necessary, to its operations to support the recommendations of public health experts. The public’s health, safety, and well-being are always our top priority.

Effective immediately, OMP will suspend in-person Maine Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) field inspections in favor of inspections performed remotely by telephone, e-mail, or video conference.

In-depth interviews will be conducted by OMP compliance staff, and we will seek to obtain as much supporting documentation as possible from MMMP registrants. For example, OMP will request images of all applicable permits, licenses, certifications, files, logs, and records. We appreciate your understanding and efforts as we adjust to this new arrangement.

This decision follows OMP’s announcement that it had implemented a remote staffing plan for most employees and limited public access to its Augusta office.