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State: Marijuana supplier used pesticides, violated rules

April 23rd, 2013

March 26

State: Marijuana supplier used pesticides, violated rules

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

AUGUSTA  —   A state investigation of Maine’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group has revealed “a laundry list” of violations of state law and program rules, including pesticide use on marijuana plants, the Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.

(FILE) Wellness Connection of Maine’s Portland marijuana dispensary, located at the end of an alley off Congress Street behind the Local 188 restaurant. Photographed March 29, 2012.`

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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Wellness Connection of Maine also lacked proper security and sold an illegal marijuana derivative, according to findings from the investigation, released Monday.

The group will be allowed to continue operating its four dispensaries and sell the marijuana that was treated with pesticides, even though a state official said he doesn’t know whether it could harm patients.

The DHHS said Wellness Connection of Maine, which runs dispensaries in Portland, Hallowell, Thomaston and Brewer serving about 2,400 patients, committed 20 rule violations in its cultivation facility in Auburn and other facilities.

Through the second half of last year and all of this year, nine types of pesticides were used on medical marijuana dispensed by Wellness Connection, said

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/State-Marijuana-supplier-used-pesticides-violated-rules-.html

Advocates roll out initiative to legalize marijuana use in Portland

April 20th, 2013


Advocates roll out initiative to legalize marijuana use in Portland

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Portland called on the city’s residents to take action and follow the lead of Colorado and Washington to approve decriminalization measures.
Representatives from the Portland Green

Article source: http://www.portlanddailysun.me/index.php/newsx/local-news/8942-advocates-roll-out-iniative-to-legalize-marijuana-use-in-portland

Pingree adds name to bill to legalize marijuana

April 7th, 2013

March 21

Pingree adds name to bill to legalize marijuana

By Kevin Miller kmiller@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, has signed on to a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol at the federal level.

Chellie Pingree

Pingree is one of 14 House members who added their names to a bill by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., that would drop marijuana from the federal government’s list of scheduled drugs.

Polis’ bill, H.R. 499, would remove the federal Drug Enforcement Agency from the equation when it comes to marijuana and instead would put the drug under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In fact, it would rename the ATF the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.

The odds of the bill getting anywhere in the Republican-controlled House appear slim to none.

However, two states — Colorado and Washington — voted to legalize pot last November, and a Maine lawmaker has sponsored a bill to do the same in the Pine Tree State. The Portland Green Independent Committee also is working on a petition to legalize marijuana in that city. Medical marijuana is already legal in Maine.

The odds of the bill getting anywhere in the Republican-controlled House appear slim to none. However, two states — Colorado and Washington — voted to legalize pot last November, and a Maine lawmaker has sponsored a

Article source: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/pingree-adds-name-to-bill-to-legalize-marijuana_2013-03-21.html

Pingree: Legalize marijuana nationwide

April 5th, 2013

March 21

Pingree backs bill legalizing marijuana

By Kevin Miller kmiller@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON – Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree has signed onto a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol at the federal level.

Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree has signed onto a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol at the federal level.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Pingree, a Democrat, is one of 14 House members to endorse a proposal by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., to drop marijuana from the federal government’s list of scheduled drugs.

Polis’ bill would remove the federal Drug Enforcement Agency from the equation when it comes to enforcing marijuana laws. It would instead put the drug under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In fact, it would rename the ATF the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.

The odds of the bill getting anywhere in the Republican-controlled House are slim to none. But two states — Colorado and Washington — voted to legalize pot last November, and a Maine lawmaker has sponsored a bill to do the same in the Pine Tree State.

The Portland Green Independent Committee also is working on a petition to legalize marijuana in the state’s largest city. Medical marijuana is already legal in Maine.

Pingree’s position on the issue

Article source: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/politics/Pingree-Legalize-marijuana-nationwide.html