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From Bridgeport To Bangor, All Of New England Now Seeing Green …

July 23rd, 2013

On Tuesday, New Hampshire became the sixth and final state in New England to legalize medical marijuana.

“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) said in a statement.

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

All New England states have also passed marriage equality legislation. Read more about state marijuana laws, and the federal laws that interfere with them, here.

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  • Former President Bill Clinton

    Bill “Didn’t Inhale” Clinton has supported decriminalizing marijuana for more than a decade and more recently has spoken out against the war on drugs.

    “I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be,” he said back in 2000 in an a href=”http://norml.org/news/2000/12/07/president-clinton-states-marijuana-should-be-decriminalized” target=”_blank”interview with Rolling Stone/a. “We really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment.”

    He’s since spoken about the issue of marijuana and drug prohibition a number of times. Last year, a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-angell/bill-clinton-drug-war_b_2271885.html” target=”_blank”he appeared/a in the documentary, “Breaking the Taboo,” where he argued that the war on drugs has been a failure.

  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

    Paul exhibited his libertarian tendencies earlier this year when he explained that he’d favor reforming marijuana laws to either decriminalize or reduce penalties

    Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/23/new-england-marijuana-_n_3641841.html

Marijuana in Maine: The patients, the politics, the future

July 21st, 2013

“Patrick” eats half a marijuana-laced brownie every night to keep away chronic diabetic nerve pain.

The Sabattus man has a note from his doctor and buys from the local dispensary.

Two years ago, “Barbie” in Peru secretly swapped legal prescription painkillers for marijuana for her chronic neck pain, growing one or two plants on the sly.

In May, she got a license to grow. She’s legit and no longer afraid of getting busted, but now worries about someone breaking in and stealing her plants.

“Nick,” of Nobleboro, is waiting for the crop in his $2,500, temperature-controlled grow room to mature so he can wean himself off prescription narcotics.

“[Marijuana’s] effects are instantaneous, and it’s also very short-lived,” he said. “If I take oxycodone and morphine, I’m along for the ride for the next six hours, whether I want it or not.”

Four years after voters set in motion the mechanics of a medical marijuana law, an estimated 13,000 patients use it in Maine.

And numbers are growing.

Last year, at least 68 Maine physicians wrote recommendations for medical marijuana, and businesses selling it racked up $5 million in sales, blowing the doors off projections.

The Legislature this session passed six of eight proposed medical marijuana bills, two as emergencies.

And it’s not just about medical marijuana. A move to legalize marijuana for all Maine adults by sending the issue to referendum failed by only a handful of votes in the House this session. Advocates say they’ll collect 57,000 signatures to push a statewide referendum in 2016 if one more legislative

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/21/news/state/marijuana-in-maine-the-patients-the-politics-the-future/

Auburn’s Remedy Center: Business is growing

July 21st, 2013

AUBURN, Maine — Remedy Compassion Center has been in business just over two years, quietly selling medical marijuana out of a former furniture store next to Craft-Mania in the Auburn Plaza.

Founders Tim and Jenna Smale won’t talk patient numbers beyond saying they’re on target for initial projections (655 patients by year three).

But business is clearly good.

Last year, they gave away a quarter-million dollars in discounts and free product.

Five months ago, Remedy got so busy it had to restrict new patients to residents of Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.

“We have some people who pass two other dispensaries on the way here,” Executive Director Tim Smale said. “At this point, we’re not able to serve everybody.”

Remedy was the first of the state’s eight nonprofit dispensaries to start serving patients. Along with a staff of 13, the Smales sell more than 20 varieties of medicinal marijuana. The strains have formal names — Trainwreck, Harlequin, White Widow — and in-house nicknames such as Remedy No. 1.

With the help of patient surveys, strains are flagged for specific ailments, such as pain, inflammation or depression, and for certain side effects, such as feeling creative, focused or tired. The marijuana sells for $13.54 a gram, or about $380 an ounce.

The average patient is over 50, female and on a fixed income. Most make two or three grams last one to two weeks.

“When their check arrives on or around the first, that’s the busiest time for us,” Smale said.

It takes a certified doctor’s note and state of Maine

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/21/news/lewiston-auburn/auburns-remedy-center-business-is-growing/?ref=relatedSidebar

Maine: Portland Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization in November

July 19th, 2013

SEATTLE, WA – Redhook Brewery, the Northwest’s original craft brew, announced today the release of…

Article source: http://www.thedailychronic.net/2013/24597/maine-portland-voters-to-decide-on-marijuana-legalization-in-november/

Portland to vote on legalizing pot

July 19th, 2013

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Portland to vote on legalizing pot
July 16, 2013 12:37 EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland voters will decide in November whether to make recreational marijuana possession legal in the city.

The Portland City Council voted Monday to have residents vote Nov. 5 on a referendum seeking to make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of pot. The law would prohibit using marijuana in public.

Referendum supporters turned in more than 2,500 signatures to Portland city officials in May. Rather than simply adopt the ordinance Monday, the City Council voted to send it to voters.

If it passes, the ordinance would conflict with federal law that makes marijuana illegal, as well as state law that allows people to use marijuana, but only for medical purposes.

Article source: http://www.wgme.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.me/36f3baa2-www.wgme.com.shtml

Portland to vote on legalizing marijuana

July 19th, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland voters will decide in November whether to make recreational marijuana possession legal in the city.

The Portland City Council voted Monday to have a referendum Nov. 5 seeking to allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces of pot. The law would prohibit using marijuana in public, and would not legalize the sale of it.

Referendum supporters turned in more than 2,500 valid signatures to Portland city officials in May. Rather than simply adopt the ordinance Monday, the City Council voted 5-1 to send it to voters.

If the referendum passes, the ordinance would conflict with federal law that makes marijuana illegal, as well as state law that allows people to use marijuana, but only for medical purposes.

At a press conference before the council meeting, advocates said marijuana laws are now costly and that marijuana is safer and less addictive than alcohol. They further said that pot laws now disproportionately affect black people because they’re arrested on marijuana possession charges at a higher rate than white people.

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck has said police are taking a wait-and-see approach on the referendum. He told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/15hCTSu ) that police issued 53 civil violations for marijuana possession from July 2012 to July 2013 and about 68 citations in the prior year.

Councilor John Coyne said he voted against having the question go to referendum because he’s concerned the

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130716-NEWS-130719782

Portland, Maine May Legalize Pot

July 18th, 2013

Ranked No. 5 on Travel and Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for Hipsters” list, Portland, ME is something of an urban anomaly amid Maine’s dense forests and often conservative population. Like its Oregon namesake, it boasts plentiful restaurants and a mild coffee obsession. And Portland, ME is now following the Pacific Northwest in another way: State Rep. Diana Russell (D-Munjoy Hill and Downtown Portland), is heading a campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the city. In a 5-1 vote on Monday, Portland City Council opted to put the question to the vote in a city-wide ballot on November 5. Russell’s plan would allow over-21s to possess two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and six plants within city limits. The measure also instigates licensing requirements for cultivators and retailers. While medical marijuana—which Maine already permits—would remain tax-free, the bill imposes a tax on growers that Russell claims will generate $13 million per year for the state, with 10% going towards substance abuse prevention.

Among the plan’s supporters, Maine ACLU representative Bob Talbot notes that Maine spent $8.9 million enforcing marijuana laws in 2010, and that 47.9 % of all the state’s drug arrests that year were for pot charges. David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project said, “There is no need for the city to continue spending precious time and resources punishing adults for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.” And other factors are also involved: Regina Phillips of the Maine NAACP cites statistics that “white people and black people use marijuana at roughly the same rate. Yet

Article source: http://www.thefix.com/content/portland-maine-may-legalize-pot91940

Portlanders to vote in November on legalizing small amounts of marijuana

July 18th, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland voters will decide in November whether to make recreational marijuana possession legal in the city.

The Portland City Council voted Monday to have a referendum Nov. 5 seeking to allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of pot. The law would prohibit using marijuana in public, and would not legalize the sale of it.

Referendum supporters turned in more than 2,500 valid signatures to Portland city officials in May. Rather than simply adopt the ordinance Monday, the City Council voted 5-1 to send it to voters.

If the referendum passes, the ordinance would conflict with federal law that makes marijuana illegal, as well as state law that allows people to use marijuana, but only for medical purposes.

At a press conference before the council meeting, advocates said marijuana laws are now costly and that marijuana is safer and less addictive than alcohol. They further said that pot laws now disproportionately affect black people because they’re arrested on marijuana possession charges at a higher rate than white people.

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck has said police are taking a wait-and-see approach on the referendum. He told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/15hCTSu ) that police issued 53 civil violations for marijuana possession from July 2012 to July 2013 and about 68 citations in the prior year.

Councilor John Coyne said he voted against having the question go to referendum because he’s concerned the city could lose state and federal funding if it legalizes marijuana.

Article source: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/707328bce0d2417a88e09325080f5c6b/ME--Marijuana-Referendum

Maine : Public Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Tonight in Portland

July 17th, 2013

SEATTLE, WA – Redhook Brewery, the Northwest’s original craft brew, announced today the release of…

Article source: http://www.thedailychronic.net/2013/24576/maine-public-hearing-on-marijuana-legalization-tonight-in-portland/

Bill Nemitz: Portland voters will legalize marijuana

July 17th, 2013

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Bill Nemitz: Portland voters will legalize marijuana

By Bill Nemitz bnemitz@mainetoday.com
Columnist

Allow me to squeeze this week’s City Hall news into Portland’s new marketing slogan:

“Portland. Yes. Catching a buzz is good here.”

Monday evening, the Portland City Council took a pass on a citizens initiative to make recreational use of marijuana legal in Maine’s largest municipality. Instead, by a 5-1 vote, the council sent the measure on for the local citizenry to decide on Nov. 5.

Yeah, I know, it’s always dangerous to predict in July what voters will do in November. But trust me, the city the rest of Maine loves to hate is about to give a whole new meaning to “The Way Life Should Be.”

(Or, as George Washington himself wrote in a note to his gardener at Mount Vernon way back in 1794, “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”)

“I think even if we didn’t do anything from now until November, it would pass,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the national Marijuana Policy Project, in an interview Tuesday. “But we’re going to work it and make sure it passes, hopefully with a comfortable margin.”

Boyer, who comes to this issue by way of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and the Maine-based Defense of Liberty PAC, has good reason to be optimistic:

Back in 1999, when Maine voters overwhelmingly approved the use of medical marijuana, Portland led that charge, with more than 72 percent of the

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/politics/the-latest-buzz-on-pot-in-portland-_2013-07-17.html