Archive for October, 2012

Maine State Housing Authority to revisit medical marijuana decision

October 27th, 2012

October 15

Maine State Housing Authority to revisit medical marijuana decision

Housing group voted to disallow pot use in property it is subsidizing

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Don LaRouche believes he has a right to continue growing and smoking marijuana in the trailer he rents in Madison with the assistance of a Section 8 voucher.

Don LaRouche inside the “budding room” where medical marijuana is grown at his home in Madison on Monday. LaRouche is one of six public housing tenants who Maine State Housing Authority contacted this month to stay they have to stop growing/using medical marijuana in their homes or will lose housing assistance.

He hopes to convince one more MaineHousing commissioner of that today.

The board of commissioners voted 4-3 last month not to allow the use, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana in apartments subsidized through its Section 8 program. It agreed, however, to hear additional comments at its meeting this morning.

At the beginning of October, Maine State Housing Authority notified six tenants, including LaRouche, that they would have to comply the agency’s new policy within a month or lose their vouchers.

It was something that LaRouche had heard before.

LaRouche, who uses the drug to treat muscle spasms and symptoms of glaucoma and Crohn’s disease, received a letter last summer telling him to lose the marijuana or he’d lose his housing assistance.

The drug makes him more comfortable. “I don’t sit there and twitch, and I don’t feel

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/panel-to-revisit-medical-pot-decision_2012-10-15.html

Medical marijuana: Is it working?

October 23rd, 2012

October 21

Medical marijuana: Is it working?

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Two years ago, Sharon Gagne of Greenbush discovered she had two herniated disks in her neck. Her doctor told her surgery was not an option and instead encouraged physical therapy and prescribed a painkiller.

TREATMENT: Glenn Lewis lights a joint in his Manchester home earlier this month. He and his wife Catherine are medical marijuana patients.

Maine Sunday Telegram photo by Gabe Souza

“I didn’t like that,” she said. “I know too many people who got hooked.”

Gagne, 44, eventually asked about other options. Her doctor referred her to Dr. Dustin Sulak, an osteopath who has become known throughout Maine for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana. Gagne’s physician sent her medical records to Sulak, who then spoke twice on the phone with Gagne.

Without ever having met her face to face, Sulak certified Gagne as a medical marijuana patient. Now, whenever she feels pain, she smokes a little or nibbles a baked good fortified with cannabis.

Gagne’s case illustrates the seeming ease with which Mainers with certain conditions can receive medical marijuana. Gradual changes to state law in the past three years have deregulated medical marijuana to the point that there is no way to know how many people are using it, how many doctors are certifying patients for it, and whether the number of users is growing.

Indeed, some doctors are actively recruiting patients. Sulak’s practice

Article source: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/medical-marijuana-is-it-working__2012-10-20.html

Maine Man Gets Stolen Marijuana Plants Returned by Police

October 21st, 2012

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Davis with a ruined plant

If you happen to grow Marijuana in the United States and it is stolen, what do you do? There isn’t anything you can do. You’ve been robbed and someone is getting high or making money off of all your hard work and your customers/patients will suffer. It puts you months behind in plant growth and you have to start all over again. I’ve known of this happening to growers and it is devastating to them and their consumers. It is the same as if you had broken into a pharmacy and stolen all the pain killers.

In the case of licensed medical marijuana caregiver Thomas Davis of Maine, you call the Police and report it! Surprisingly, after one of his greenhouses was robbed, he phoned the local police to report it. Seems when Davis reported his stolen crop (17 plants in all), the police already had in custody his thief and his crop. But there was a problem.

Police in Ellsworth, Maine

Article source: http://lezgetreal.com/2012/10/maine-man-gets-stolen-marijuana-plants-returned-by-police/

Just a few doctors in Maine appear to prescribe most of the marijuana

October 21st, 2012

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Just a few doctors in Maine appear to prescribe most of the marijuana

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Two years ago, Sharon Gagne of Greenbush discovered she had two herniated disks in her neck. Her doctor told her surgery was not an option and instead encouraged physical therapy and prescribed a painkiller.

Dr. Dustin Sulak speaks with a reporter at his Falmouth practice. Sulak, who also has a practice in Hallowell, is one of the most sought after Maine doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana.

“I didn’t like that,” she said. “I know too many people who got hooked.”

Gagne, 44, eventually asked about other options. Her doctor referred her to Dr. Dustin Sulak, a Hallowell osteopath who has become known throughout Maine for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana. Gagne’s physician sent her medical records to Sulak, who then spoke twice on the phone with Gagne.

Without ever having met her face to face, Sulak certified Gagne as a medical marijuana patient. Now, whenever she feels pain, she smokes a little or nibbles a baked good fortified with cannabis.

Gagne’s case illustrates the seeming ease with which Mainers with certain conditions can receive medical marijuana. Gradual changes to state law in the past three years have deregulated medical marijuana to the point that there is no way to know how many people are using it, how many doctors are certifying patients for it,

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/a-few-doctors-in-maine-appear-to-prescribe-most-marijuana_2012-10-20.html

Medical marijuana: More privacy, fewer controls

October 20th, 2012

Posted: 10:31 PM
Updated: 11:10 PM

Medical marijuana: More privacy, fewer controls

Lax limits raise fears of doctor shopping and make it impossible to track the number of legitimate users

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Two years ago, Sharon Gagne of Greenbush discovered she had two herniated disks in her neck. Her doctor told her surgery was not an option and instead encouraged physical therapy and prescribed a painkiller.

Glenn Lewis smokes medical marijuana in his Manchester home Oct. 9, while recovering from surgery. Both he and his wife, Catherine, sustained what have become recurring injuries after a car crash many years ago, and they treat the injuries with medical marijuana.

Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Dr. Dustin Sulak speaks with a reporter at his Falmouth practice. Sulak, an osteopath who also has a practice in Hallowell, has become known statewide for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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“I didn’t like that,” she said. “I know too many people who got hooked.”

Gagne, 44, eventually asked about other options. Her doctor referred her to Dr. Dustin Sulak, an osteopath who has become known throughout Maine for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana. Gagne’s physician sent her medical records to Sulak, who then spoke twice on the phone with Gagne.

Without ever having met her face to face, Sulak certified Gagne as a medical

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/news/more-privacy-fewer-controls_2012-10-21.html

MaineHousing should not ban medical marijuana

October 20th, 2012

The Maine State Housing Authority has agreed to let tenants in subsidized housing continue using and growing medical marijuana at home for another six months – and hopefully, permanently.

The agency announced earlier this month that it would no longer allow people who use rental assistance to possess, use or cultivate medical marijuana in apartments where rent and utilities are federally subsidized under the program known as Section 8, according to a prepared statement from the authority, dated Oct. 3.

The statement went on to say, “MaineHousing recently became aware of a few Section 8 voucher holders who use, possess or cultivate medical marijuana in their Section 8 units. These tenants have been notified about the new policy and given the opportunity to comply with it. … Federal law prohibits illegal controlled substances such as marijuana in Section 8-subsidized housing units. In regards to medical marijuana use, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the federal HCV program, does not allow public housing authorities such as MaineHousing to admit a medical marijuana user into the program.

“The federal agency does allow public housing authorities in states with medical marijuana laws to set their own policy to address current Section 8 voucher holders who are certified to use medical marijuana.”

Following the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and state Rep. Deborah Sanderson asked the Maine Housing board to reverse its decision to ask them to patients to stop legally using medical marijuana or risk eviction.

Alysia Melnick, an

Article source: http://www.journaltribune.com/articles/2012/10/20/editorial/doc5081ebf99eff8718407839.txt

Our View: Housing board right to rescind medical pot ban

October 19th, 2012

October 17

Our View: Housing board right to rescind medical pot ban

Those who are both poor and sick needn’t be participants in a state-federal dispute.

Marijuana is always illegal under all circumstances — except when it’s not. This is the directive we’ve given to the seriously ill patients who qualify for medical marijuana, which is illegal under federal law but permitted by some states, including Maine.

This lack of coordination between two different levels of government has already resulted in conflicts, and it was just a matter of time before we started seeing the results in Maine.

Here, it was an unjust crackdown, rescinded Tuesday, on seriously ill, low-income patients who risked losing their subsidized housing if they used or grew the medication that they are permitted to have under state law and would be able to possess if they lived in different housing.

Earlier this month, the Maine State Housing Authority board voted to bar any tenant receiving support through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 program from using or possessing medical marijuana while at home. The decision was driven by concern that the agency could jeopardize its federal funding if it did not take this step. Fortunately, the board put other concerns first.

Seriously ill tenants with AIDS or cancer should not have to go without treatment or risk eviction because two branches of the government can’t get on the same page.

There were two reasons not to implement a crackdown. It is not U.S. Department of

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/housing-board-right-to-rescind-medical-pot-ban_2012-10-17.html

Maine Police Support State Law, Return Medical Marijuana Patient’s Medicine

October 19th, 2012

thomas davis maine medical marijuana police returnNo Patient Should Have To Go Without Their Medicine, Especially As The Result Of A Police Confiscation

By Brendan Ferreri-Hanberry, Marijuana Policy Project

A medical marijuana grower in Ellsworth, Maine received a pleasant surprise on Saturday: a marijuana delivery from the police. Thomas Davis, a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver and grower, lost 17 marijuana plants from his greenhouse in a burglary on Wednesday night. The thief, 32-year-old Aaron Pert, was arrested soon afterward and charged with offenses including marijuana possession, burglary, and theft. He confessed to breaking into the greenhouse and stealing the plants and led the police to the location where he had hidden the majority of the stash. However, the police delayed returning the marijuana to Davis for two days, concerned that they might be violating federal law, which makes all marijuana possession, cultivation, and distribution criminal offenses.

According to Ellsworth police lieutenant Harold Page, this was the first case in the state in which marijuana had been stolen from a licensed medical marijuana provider, so the police department consulted with the Maine DEA as well as the state’s attorney general as to whether they should return the plants. Ellsworth Police Chief John DeLeo stated on Monday that as far as he was concerned, returning the plants was legal.

The delay led to the majority of the marijuana being ruined by mold. Davis estimated that he lost about six months’ worth of the crop and could

Article source: http://www.theweedblog.com/maine-police-support-state-law-return-medical-marijuana-patients-medicine/

Medical Marijuana Supply Stolen

October 18th, 2012
Written by

Gannett News Service

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Ellsworth, Maine– A medical marijuana caregiver is trying to rebuild his supply after it was targeted by thieves last week.

Tom Davis has been growing medical marijuana for two years. The medical marijuana patient is licensed to cultivate the drug for himself and two other people.

Last Thursday, thieves cut their way into a greenhouse on Davis’s property and took 17 marijuana plants.

Ellsworth police later charged 32-year-old Aaron Pert of Trenton with the burglary.

Investigators say Pert confessed after a small amount of marijuana was found in his car. He was also charged for having a loaded gun in the vehicle.

Police eventually returned the marijuana to Davis but he says unfortunately a majority of the plants did not survive.

“And even out of what’s left…it would be hard to call it medicine and try and charge a patient money for it because its mangled,” he said, “From here to his vehicle…those plants saw more abuse then they would have seen in their whole life. They were destroyed.”

Davis added that he is already getting help re-growing his medical marijuana supply after getting support from other caregivers in the area.

Aaron Pert was able to make bail on all charges. He is due to appear in

Article source: http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/250309/176/Medical-Marijuana-Supply-Stolen

Marijuana dispensary dispute still in court

October 18th, 2012

This is Safe Alternatives, a state-approved medical marijuana facility on Route 1 in Frenchville. - SJVT photo / Don Eno

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Oct. 17 edition: FRENCHVILLE, Maine – The question of whether or not a St. John Valley medical marijuana facility will remain in business may end up in the hands of the courts.

Earlier this summer Safe Alternatives, a state-approved medical marijuana facility in Frenchville, filed a complaint against the town in Caribou Superior Court. This relates to the ongoing dispute surrounding the town of Frenchville’s medical marijuana ordinance and its legitimacy in regulating Safe Alternatives.

“We are trying to negotiate an outcome friendly to all parties,” Safe Alternative’s attorney Jonathan Berry said during a phone call on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Berry said that, although some negotiations would continue outside of the courtroom, guidance from the court is still being sought, including a conference among the lawyers and Judge E. Allen Hunter.

The Caribou court clerk has confirmed that such a conference, via telephone, has been scheduled for Oct. 23.

Safe Alternatives and Leo Trudel, the principal officer and one of the organization’s directors, are listed as the plaintiffs in the filing. No individual town employees or elected officials are named as defendants in the filing.

Among the specific items in the complaint are allegations that that town ordinance is unallowable under the state’s

Article source: http://www.sjvalley-times.com/view/full_story/20522157/article-Marijuana-dispensary-dispute-still-in-court?instance=homesecondleft