Archive for June, 2012

Marijuana dispensary groups settle lawsuit

June 25th, 2012

The nonprofit group operating four of Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries has settled a lawsuit filed by its former California backer. Wellness Connection of Maine, formerly called Northeast Patients Group, signed an agreement with California-based Berkeley Patients Group on Friday, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The terms of the settlement agreement have not been made public, but Wellness Connection attorney Stephen Langsdorf says all claims and counterclaims will now be withdrawn.

In July 2011, Berkeley Patients Group sued the Maine nonprofit for $632,000 in unpaid loans. The suit alleged that while working for Berkeley on its New England expansion effort, Wellness Connection Executive Director Becky DeKeuster used proprietary information to negotiate a deal between Northeast Patients Group and ex-NBA player Cuttino Mobley, signing a financing agreement before resigning from Berkeley and effectively cutting the California group out of Maine’s medical marijuana market. Wellness Connection filed a countersuit in August, seeking damages from capital Berkeley failed to provide as agreed.

In Augusta, Northeast struck a deal with Delaware-based company, The Wellness and Pain Management Connection, owned by Mobley and The Farmacy Institute for Wellness. Under the agreement, Mobley’s company would provide $1.6 million over eight years at 8.5% annual interest in exchange for consulting services.

Wellness Connection of Maine is the largest medical marijuana dispensary nonprofit in the state, with locations in Hallowell, Portland, Thomaston and Brewer.

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More states relax rules as pot wins acceptance

June 13th, 2012

June 11

More states relax rules as pot wins acceptance

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize use of small amounts gain traction.

By DAVID KLEPPER The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Catharine Leach is married and has two boys, ages 2 and 8. She has a good job with a federal contractor and smokes pot most every day.

In this March 28, 2011, file photo shows a marijuana plant, in Portland, Ore. Efforts to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize use of small amounts have gained traction in numerous states. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP

STATES EASE RESTRICTIONS

STATES THAT have decriminalized the possession of limited amounts of marijuana:

Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, NORML

While she worries that her public support for marijuana decriminalization and legalization could cost her a job or bring the police to her door, the 30-year-old Warwick resident said she was tired of feeling like a criminal for using a drug that she believes is far less harmful than the glass of wine or can of beer enjoyed by so many others after a long day’s work. Like others around the nation working to relax penalties for possession of pot, she decided to stop hiding and speak out.

“I’m done being afraid,” she said. “People in this country are finally coming around and seeing that putting someone in jail for this doesn’t make sense. It’s

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/news/more-states-relax-rules-as-pot-wins-acceptance_2012-06-11.html

Frenchville denies cultivation permit to medical marijuana facility

June 2nd, 2012


FRENCHVILLE, Maine Northern Maine’s only state-licensed medical marijuana facility has until the middle of this month to appeal the denial of a municipal medical marijuana cultivation facility permit.

The Frenchville planning board denied the permit to Safe Alternatives at its regular May 9 meeting based on several incomplete sections of the business’ permit application.

Safe Alternatives has been operating under a state license since it became one of eight medical marijuana dispensaries approved by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in June 2010.

Neither Leo Trudel, co-founder of Safe Alternatives, nor officials with the DHHS medical marijuana task force returned calls for comment.

Information was not readily available on how much, if any, medical marijuana is currently produced by Safe Alternatives, how the business is dispensing any medical marijuana or in what quantity.

“The planning board’s decision was based on [Safe Alternatives’] incomplete application,” Town Manager Casey Cote said Friday.

Specifically, Cote said the business had failed to secure an approved cultivation facility inspection by the town’s code enforcement officer; had not obtained the proper boundary line variance; and had failed to pay the required $500 permit fee.

In addition, Casey said the planning board determined Safe Alternatives had not satisfied the town’s security requirements by retaining video surveillance tapes for 90 days.

According to the minutes of the May 9 planning board meeting, town code enforcement officer Bob Ouellet attempted to conduct his inspection of the facility on May 1, but was denied entrance to the

Safe Alternatives

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/02/news/aroostook/frenchville-denies-cultivation-permit-to-medical-marijuana-facility/