Do You Need A Medical Marijuana Evaluation & Certification?

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If you are a Maine resident looking for a Medical Marijuana appointment, for an evaluation and certification with a licensed medical doctor, look no further. We have appointments available within 2-5 business days of applying online.

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‘This is medicine’: Maine nurse practitioners can recommend marijuana starting …

July 28th, 2014 by admin No comments »

PORTLAND, Maine — Nurse practitioners in Maine can legally certify patients to use medical cannabis beginning Friday.

Nurse practitioners will join physicians as medical professionals who can legally recommend marijuana to patients suffering from qualifying conditions approved by state government, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder and others.

Wellness Connection of Maine, the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group, is hosting informational sessions so medical professionals know the ins and outs of medicinal marijuana treatment, science and regulation.

“We feel it’s very important to provide education like this,” said Catherine Cobb, a member of the group’s board of directors and a former Department of Health and Human Services official who oversaw Maine’s medical marijuana program. “We’ve been working for the last few months to try to put on more sessions so that the information is out there, and we get rid of some of the stigma attached to people who use marijuana for medical reasons.”

Becky DeKeuster, director of community and education at Wellness Connection of Maine, said negative stereotypes have been attached to marijuana because of the psychoactive effects.

Those effects, caused by the compound THC, became more visible when marijuana was banned nationwide even for medicinal use, she said.

“During prohibition, marijuana was used only recreationally, so there was this drive among growers to breed plants with higher THC levels,” DeKeuster said. “Now we have professionals working to breed plants where other compounds are prominent.”

While THC is the most commonly known compound, hundreds of other compounds

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‘We are getting stronger’

July 27th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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An economic, political and cultural renaissance is underway throughout Indian Country in the United States.

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It’s been going on for nearly a quarter-century. Whereas in the 1980s, economic growth on Indian reservations lagged far behind the rate of the U.S. economy, through the booming 1990s and the stagnant 2000s, per capita income growth on Indian reservations outstripped the U.S. as a whole fivefold.

While U.S. poverty rates held steady (at 10 percent), in Indian Country they fell from 48 percent to 32 percent between 1990 and 2010. As U.S. unemployment increased from 8 percent to 10 percent, Indian unemployment fell from 26 percent to 19 percent over the same period. Incomes and life expectancy are still far below the U.S. average, but the gap is closing fast.

“The economic growth has been so rapid, and it has applied to both tribes with and without casinos,” says Joseph P. Kalt of the Harvard University Project on American Indian Economic Development, which compiled the data. “There’s a renaissance going on across Indian America and it’s not about casinos.”

The reason it’s happening, Kalt says, is the greatly increased control Indians have over their own affairs, including economic development efforts and the management of federally funded programs. “For a hundred years, the tribes were fundamentally being run by Washington, D.C.,

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‘We are getting stronger’

July 27th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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A Passamaquoddy elder rests his hands on an oar while working near Long Lake in Indian Township this spring. The people on the tribe’s two eastern Maine reservations have spent decades fighting for their rights while struggling to preserve their collective identity.

A Passamaquoddy elder rests his hands on an oar while working at his camp on Long Lake in Indian Township this spring. The people on the tribe’s two eastern Maine reservations have spent decades fighting for their rights while struggling to preserve their collective identity.

Passamaquoddy tribal historian Donald Soctomah walks on the shore of the St. Croix River on the Indian Township reservation in eastern Maine. “We have come a long way in 50 years – quite a long ways, I think,” Soctomah said as he reflected on the progress of his people. “Most of it for the better, some of it not so good.”

Melissa Altvater, left, and her father, Dave Homan, center, listen as tribal elder Allen Sockabasin plays guitar near the water at Pleasant Point in Washington County. Sockabasin is a longtime champion of the Passamaquoddy language, “the key to open the lock of independence for native people.”

Federally subsidized housing like the ones seen in this photograph from last spring now account for a large amount of the homes on Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Down East Maine

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Maine nurse practitioners to prescribe medical marijuana

July 26th, 2014 by admin No comments »


(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Portland, Maine) – Changes to Maine’s medical marijuana law go into effect next week, including one that will now allow nurse practitioners to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.
                     
Today in Portland, nurse practitioners gathered for an educational presentation to learn more about pot and
what advocates say it can do to help patients with a variety of medical conditions.
                      
The fact that marijuana is still illegal under federal law will likely impact how many nurse practitioners actually prescribe medical marijuana but advocates say it’s an important step forward in the state law. 

According to Becky DeKeuster from Wellness Connection of Maine which operates four medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine, “Many people in Maine use a nurse practitioner as their primary care provider and they can prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. It makes a whole lot of sense to add this to their list of abilities.”
                       
The new law goes into effect on August 1st.

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Abutter asks board to reconsider Medical marijuana decision

July 26th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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YORK, Maine — A neighbor of the medical marijuana facility on White Birch Lane has asked

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York board asked to reconsider approval of medical marijuana facility

July 25th, 2014 by admin 1 comment »

YORK, Maine — A neighbor of the medical marijuana facility on White Birch Lane has asked the Board of Appeals to reconsider its July 9 decision allowing the growing of pot.

Michael Briggs of Emus Way filed the application for reconsideration on July 18. The Board of Appeals is expected to hear his application Wednesday, Aug. 13. Meetings start at 7 p.m. in the York Public Library.

In his application, Briggs takes issue with the Appeals Board’s decision that the manufacturing of medical marijuana does not represent a change of use from other manufacturing uses at White Birch Lane.

“Manufacturing of wood and wood products in no [way] resembles or is in the same stratosphere as producing a federally unlawful narcotic,” Briggs wrote in the application.

The Board of Appeals should consider how a change of use affects neighborhoods, Briggs said in his letter to the board.

On Wednesday, Briggs said his backyard abuts the White Birch Lane facility.

“I have four small children playing around the yard,” Briggs said Wednesday. “The traffic on the road basically snakes around my lot. The traffic on that road has been obnoxious; 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning, I see the [headlights] at my house. They tear up through this road all the time.”

Some nights there are five cars and on other nights, 20, he said. Many of the vehicles have out-of-state license plates from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, he said.

“It’s an overburden use of the road,” Briggs said.

He contends the Appeals Board erred when members

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/25/news/portland/york-board-asked-to-reconsider-approval-of-medical-marijuana-facility/

Pot advocates await vote in South Portland

July 25th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates say they have collected enough signatures to send the measure to voters in South Portland.

The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure on Aug. 4. If they reject the measure, it will automatically go to voters on the November ballot.

Marijuana advocates submitted more than 1,500 signatures — far more than the necessary 959 valid signatures of registered city voters.

David Boyer of the Maine Marijuana Project says the measure would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It would remain illegal to consume or display marijuana in public. Under state law, possessing 2 ounces or less of marijuana is a civil offense, where violators are issued a ticket and fined.

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Neighbors speak out against White Birch Lane proposal

July 25th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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YORK, Maine — Most of the half dozen neighbors who spoke Thursday to a proposed new

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York Planning Board meets Thursday

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YORK, Maine — The York Planning Board meets tonight, Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. to

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Neighbor fights York medical pot facility

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