- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The certification process for Maine medical marijuana patients is moving online.

The Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services says providers will be required to use a new online tool to certify patients.

Starting January 5, patients will begin receiving certification cards directly from their health care providers. Patients will also now get a ‘designation card,’ which they have to give to the caregiver or dispensary when they want to get marijuana.

Currently, medical marijuana patients voluntarily register with the state to receive a card and the applications are processed manually.

Certifications issued before Jan. 5 can be used until they expire.

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