Archive for September, 2011

Two pot dispensaries near opening

September 30th, 2011

Northeast Patients Group has signed leases to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Portland and Hallowell.

On Tuesday, Executive Director Becky DeKeuster told Mainebiz that the organization plans to open its Portland dispensary in a vacant, 6,500-square-foot space at 685 Congress St., but still must go through the city’s permitting process. The site is expected to start operating in November, MaineToday Media reported. In Hallowell, NPG has leased space downtown above the The Liberal Cup, a restaurant and brew pub, with plans to open by the end of October. Augusta-based landlord Kevin Mattson told MaineToday he’s been working with NPG for months to find a location in or near Augusta.

The nonprofit holds four of the state’s eight dispensary licenses and has been the last license-holder to open any facilities, delayed by a lack of funding. But this summer, it finalized a $1.6 million investment deal with California-based The Farmacy Institute for Wellness and former NBA player Cuttino Mobley.


Article source: http://www.mainebiz.biz/news48552.html

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee Halts Medical Marijuana

September 30th, 2011

This evening, Governor Lincoln Chafee issued a press release stating that he will not be moving forward on issuing certificates of operation to the three entities chosen by the state Department of Health to bring safe, affordable and reliable medical marijuana to Rhode Island’s most sick and suffering patients. Gov. Chafee has asked the General Assembly to work with him to create a model that does not draw the attention of the federal government.

This whole thing started over two years ago when the General Assembly passed legislation creating compassion centers in Rhode Island. Since then Maine, Vermont, Delaware, Arizona, and New Jersey have all enacted laws allowing for regulated dispensing of medical marijuana. As you may recall, after passage of these laws – or during debate of them – the DOJ through several United States Attorneys fired off scary sounding letters to state officials claiming that they’ll bust up people acting in compliance with these compassionate and popular state laws. A funny thing happened though, all of these states, with the exception of Rhode Island, have moved forward with giving patients the humane option of safe access despite the fact that the laws irk officials in DC.

And now we have the actions of one Gov. Lincoln Chafee. A man who claims to understand that patients need safe access yet steadfastly refuses to allow them that access. A man who refused to hand a confessed killer over to the feds to face the death penalty because it was against Rhode Island’s

Article source: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/drug-law/rhode-island-gov-lincoln-chafee-halts-medical-marijuana

Medical pot dispensary to open in Hallowell

September 29th, 2011

ABOVE THE LIBERAL CUP

Posted: 12:00 AM
Updated: 10:39 PM

Medical pot dispensary to open in Hallowell

By Susan McMillan smcmillan@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Central Maine’s medical marijuana dispensary will be in downtown Hallowell, and its operators hope to open it by the end of October.

WATER STREET: A marijuana dispensary is planning to open above the Liberal Cup in Hallowell.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

Northeast Patients Group signed a lease in late August to occupy the second floor of 115 Water St., above The Liberal Cup brew pub.

The nonprofit organization, which has licenses to operate four of the state’s eight initial dispensaries, will also put its offices in the building, Executive Director Becky DeKeuster said Wednesday.

Mayor Charlotte Warren and City Manager Mike Starn said they met with DeKeuster in early September. She told them Northeast had a lease with Mattson Development and soon would start renovations on the space.

There was no review by City Council or the Planning Board, city officials said, because the use meets the city’s zoning requirements.

Warren characterized the siting of the dispensary in Hallowell as a landlord-tenant deal between private parties.

“It’s a permissible use for that area,” Warren said. “It’s not

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/medical-pot-dispensary-to-open-in-hallowell_2011-09-28.html

Second Sagadahoc County medical marijuana heist reported

September 28th, 2011

WOOLWICH — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of medical marijuana plants from a Middle Road home.

The burglary marks the second time this month that thieves swiped marijuana being cultivated legally for medical purposes in Sagadahoc County. The Richmond Police Department handled a reported burglary of five large, legally grown medical marijuana plants from a Front Street residence, taken the night of Sept. 9 or morning of Sept. 10.

Chief Deputy Brett Strout said a man legally grows medical marijuana plants on the Woolwich property for himself and one other person. The man reported Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. that three plants between 8 and 10 feet tall had been taken the previous night. 

Strout said investigators found evidence and are pursuing leads to identify the person responsible for stealing the plants. Sgt. Dale Hamilton is the investigating officer.

Individuals now allowed to grow medicinal marijuana under new stipulations of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act have become targets of thieves and a new headache for law enforcement agencies, Strout said.

Sheriff Joel Merry agreed with Strout’s assessment.

“That’s a whole new dimension for law enforcement,” Merry said Monday. “Because in the past, these kinds of incidents generally weren’t reported to us, and the only time that we would find ourselves investigating one of these (cases), is if there had been some kind of home invasion in which weapons were used — a real serious crime. But if it was just a theft (of marijuana) or even an illegal

Article source: http://www.timesrecord.com/articles/2011/09/27/news/doc4e81ed740de92560677708.txt

Marijuana dispensary heading to Hallowell

September 28th, 2011

12:55 PM

Marijuana dispensary heading to Hallowell

HALLOWELL — Northeast Patients Group is in talks to operate a medical marijuana dispensary at 115 Water St., city officials confirmed today.

The company holds licenses to operate four of Maine’s eight approved dispensaries, but has yet to open any of them. It has a grow operation running in Thomaston to supply all its locations, and recently announced a lease on a building at 685 Congress St. in Portland. No location has been revealed for the Thomaston or Bangor-area operations it is licensed to operate.

Northeast was planning to open a dispensary in Augusta at 10 Middle Road, an existing building that was proposed to be included in the medical district; but the Planning Board voted 6-2 in August 2010 to remove the site after neighbors objected to the prospect.

Hallowell City Manager Michael Starn said in August that “nobody’s come here” regarding a dispensary. At an April 2010 Hallowell City Council meeting, there was discussion about a moratorium on dispensaries, but no action was taken, he said. It’s unclear whether negotiations leading to selection of the 115 Water St. building would be made public, or addressed in front of the city’s Planning Board.

After signing a deal with Mobley in February, DeKeuster quit her job as New England expansion director with Berkeley Patients

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/Marijuana-dispensary-heading-to-Hallowell.html

Marijuana dispensary picks site in downtown Portland

September 28th, 2011

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Marijuana dispensary picks site in downtown Portland

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Northeast Patients Group has secured a lease that will allow it to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Portland’s downtown.

Executive Director Becky DeKeuster confirmed today that Northeast Patients Group plans to operate a dispensary at 685 Congress St. near Longfellow Square.

DeKeuster said her nonprofit organization still must obtain site plan approval from the city’s Planning Board as well as a certificate of registration from the state.

Patients will be able to come to the dispensary to obtain medical marijuana as well as have the opportunity to participate in yoga classes, get a massage, or have acupuncture treatments.

“We really want to try to build community in each of our dispensaries,” she said.

Northeast opened a dispensary last month in Thomaston, is developing a dispensary on Water Street in Hallowell, and is in the process of negotiating a lease for a fourth dispensary in the Bangor-Brewer area.

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Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/news/Medical-marijuana-dispensary-secures-site-in-downtown-Portland.html

Site found for Portland pot dispensary

September 28th, 2011

The marijuana facility will open near Longfellow Square if it gets final city and state approvals.

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Northeast Patients Group has secured a lease that will enable it to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Portland.

Executive Director Becky DeKeuster confirmed Tuesday that her organization plans to operate a dispensary at 685 Congress St.

The property, near Longfellow Square and adjacent to the Local 188 restaurant, must be renovated and converted into a secure facility – video cameras and steel doors are just two of the requirements – to comply with state regulations for dispensaries.

DeKeuster said her nonprofit organization still needs site plan approval from the city’s Planning Board and a certificate of registration from the state.

Patients will be able to come to the dispensary to get medical marijuana and have an opportunity to participate in yoga classes, get massages or even have acupuncture treatments, DeKeuster said.

“We really want to try to build community in each of our dispensaries,” she said. “And part of our mission is to help patients with their total wellness.”

Northeast Patients Group holds four of Maine’s eight available dispensary permits. It opened a dispensary last month in Thomaston, it is opening a dispensary on Water Street in Hallowell, and it is negotiating a lease for a fourth dispensary in the Bangor-Brewer area.

DeKeuster said issues with local zoning, searches for suitable locations and project financing have delayed dispensary openings statewide.

Northeast

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/news/site-found-for-portland-dispensary_2011-09-28.html

Networking event seeks to enlighten community

September 23rd, 2011

Posted: 12:00 AM
Updated: 11:58 PM

Networking event seeks to enlighten community

A Portland forum brings together patients, caregivers and dispensary representatives to share information about pot, health care and the law.

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – Scot Gisseman, a Gulf War combat veteran from the Oxford County town of Andover, said medical marijuana effectively reduces the pain and tremors he suffers from a parachuting accident that damaged his hip, caused a head injury and broke several bones.

Dr. Dustin Sulak, who operates a medical marijuana practice through Integr8 Health LLC of Falmouth, speaks to more than 250 people at an educational forum Thursday at the Woodfords Club in Portland. Sulak talked about the drug’s benefits and potential uses.

Photos by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Dr. Dustin Sulak told a large crowd Thursday evening at the Woodfords Club that he most often treats chronic pain, saying patients seem to respond better to medicinal marijuana than to addictive opiates such as oxycodone.

Gisseman and his wife, Laura, were among more than 250 people who attended an educational forum on medical marijuana Thursday night at the Woodfords Club.

The

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/news/networking-event-seeks-to-enlighten-community_2011-09-23.html

Marijuana raids lead to five arrests in Washington, Hancock counties

September 20th, 2011

MACHIAS, Maine — Five men in Washington and Hancock counties were arrested this past weekend by agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

After a lengthy investigation, agents executed four search warrants on Friday, Sept. 16, at residences on Ackley Road in Cutler, on Yellow Birch Road in Whiting, on U.S. Route 1 in Whiting, and on Beech Hill Road in Blue Hill, according to Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander.

Charged with cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana were Robert Boggia, 25, of Blue Hill and Whiting, Craig Young, 26, of Whiting and Ryan Sargent, 25, of Cutler.

Boggia and Sargent also are accused of bail violations. Boggia was on bail for aggravated assault and Sargent for operating under the influence.

All three are scheduled to make initial appearances in Washington County Superior Court in November.

Eleven MDEA agents, four Maine State Police troopers and five Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with support from officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, carried out the search warrants.

Crandall said the MDEA investigation began some months back after reports that Boggia, then of Blue Hill, and others were growing large quantities of marijuana which were to be harvested and sold. Agents conducted surveillance and were able to determine where the marijuana was being grown and the residences where drugs and other evidence were being stored.

In the raids, agents reportedly seized more than 250 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, more than $15,000 in cash, two handguns and other evidence of marijuana cultivation and

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2011/09/19/news/police-beat/marijuana-raids-lead-to-five-arrests-in-washington-hancock-counties/?ref=latest

Cannabis capitalism on the rise in Maine

September 17th, 2011

Some of the growth enhancements for indoor marijuana production go for more than $200 per liter at Homegrown Connection in Farmington.


Luke Sirois offers a wide variety of products at Homegrown Connection in Farmington and occasionally has non-marijuana growers come in looking for something to help their tomatoes.


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