I am an out-of-stater looking to move back to Maine, where my wife is from, to start our family. It really is a beautiful state, and I like it. Maine, however, is not very business friendly, and I have encountered setback after setback.

I am a licensed counselor in another state, certified at the national level in private practice.

Maine has different standards from the rest of the country.

These national standards have been developed specifically for professionals so they can move from state to state.

I met with the licensing body in Gardiner, and I was told that Maine has “higher standards than other states.”

I guess that is right. I can move to Maine to grow medical marijuana, but I cannot practice the profession that I am eligible to in nearly every other state.

To me, this says a lot. It is no wonder young professional people flock out of Maine with its “higher standards.”

I am now reconsidering moving to Maine as a result of this situation. Truth be told, the economy is much better in my home state, and I do not have to worry about nonsensical, outdated business regulations.

The message Maine is sending is crystal clear: Educated professionals stay out.

Brad Croyle

Johnstown, Pa.

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