It's difficult, he says, because "most of the caregivers want to make money. Hopefully they get satisfaction helping people. It's a good feeling to know you helped someone who is sick and dying."

Maine's law requires dispensaries to have a low-income program, but most are selling "low-income" marijuana for $300 an ounce — a price Wynott says is too high. Other activists also assert that Maine dispensaries are failing to provide patients with enough quality medical marijuana at a reasonable price.

In Rhode Island, patient and caregiver D.J. Stone explains, there is a group of caregivers who donate to the less fortunate. "I'm sure we don't reach everyone," he says, but they do try. "It's been working well. We even have what's called a gifting program that's written into our law, where patients and caregivers can gift medical marijuana to any other patient or caregiver."

This kind of support, he says, is "what it comes down to. One person helping the other. We've gotta work together."

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