Archive for November, 2014

Surprising Foe Comes Out Against Legal Marijuana in Maine

November 30th, 2014

It’s likely that three more Maine communities – South Portland, Lewiston, and York – will vote on ordinances that would make it legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana this November, but a surprising foe has emerged in the current debate over legalization.

Many of the state’s medical marijuana growers say statewide legalization could be a bad move for their patients and the economy.

Glenn Lewis is one of 1,500 licensed medical marijuana growers in Maine. It’s how he and his wife Catherine earn a modest living.

“My wife and I are both caregivers. We have 10 patients between the two of us,” Lewis said, standing next to dozens of plants at different stages of growth.

The group leading the charge to legalize it for recreational use in Maine, the Marijuana Policy Project, says those patients would benefit by making the substance more widely available.

“Access to medical marijuana in Colorado is better than it’s ever been,” David Boyer, MPP’s Maine Director, said. “If it was legal here for all adults., you’d see better access to medical marijuana, better quality, and medicine that’s more affordable.”

But the state’s medical marijuana trade group, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, does not like what it sees it Colorado or Washington, where it’s now legal.

“If MPP goes forward, mark my words: It will have a negative impact on patients in this state,” Paul McCarrier, the group’s legislative liaison, said. “Patients will be herded into the recreational market and it will

Article source: http://www.necn.com/news/business/Surprising-Foe-Comes-Out-Against-Legal-Marijuana-in-Maine-272080801.html

Police: Maine man staged kidnap that killed girl

November 27th, 2014

A Maine man used a fake Facebook account to lure a teenage girl out of her house in an attempt to stage her kidnapping and rescue so he could look like a hero but ended up killing her, a state police affidavit released yesterday said.

Kyle Dube was indicted yesterday on charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of 15-year-old Nichole Cable, whose body was found in a wooded area of Old Town, Maine, this month a week after she went missing.

In an affidavit released after Dube was indicted, Detective Thomas Pickering outlined the scenario leading to the high school sophomore’s death. He wrote that Dube told his brother that he used Facebook to trick her into going out of her house in Glenburn, not far from Old Town, while he waited in the woods wearing a ski mask.

When Nichole came along, the 20-year-old Dube jumped out and snatched her, duct-taped her and put her in the back of his father’s pickup truck, the affidavit said. Dube later discovered that she was dead, so he dumped her body and covered it with branches, it said.

The affidavit doesn’t go into details about how Nichole was duct-taped, and the cause of her death is still being determined by the medical examiner’s office.

Dube told his brother that he “intended to kidnap

Article source: http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/nation/world/6667911-95/police-maine-man-staged-kidnap-that-killed-girl

Police Log

November 27th, 2014

SANFORD — The Sanford and Wells police departments have released the following information regarding recent arrests and summonses.

SUNDAY, NOV. 23

May W. Ng, 41, of Lewiston, was issued a summons for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, following a report of shoplifting at a Main Street business at 2:22 p.m.

Jacob G. Guillereault, 25, of 14 Lavin Court, Apt. B, was arrested on a warrant on Lavin Court at 4:45 p.m.

Derrick R. Brunelle, 28, of 2 Joffre Street, was arrested on two warrants and on three counts of violating conditions of release, during a foot patrol at the corner of Joffre and Lebanon streets at 7:14 p.m.

Carrieann Guinn, 24, of Westminster, Mass., was arrested on a warrant, following a complaint on Main Street at 9:09 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOV. 22

Nathan Bunker, 19, of 13 Burbank Lane, was arrested on a warrant on Burbank Lane at 9:17 p.m.

Antonio J. DeJesus, 40, of 82 Twombley Road, Apt. B, was arrested on a warrant on Twombley Road at 9:24 p.m.

Jeremy D. Durgin, 27, of 24B Kimball Street, was arrested on a warrant on Kimball Street at 10:23 p.m.

Shelly L. Boston, 45, of 255 Blanchard Road, was arrested on a warrant on Blanchard Road at 10:33 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 21

Tessa Byrnes, 23, of Old Orchard Beach, was arrested on a warrant following a motor-vehicle accident that resulted in personal injury on Main Street at 8:47 a.m.

Scott E. Davis, 39, of Shapleigh, was arrested for domestic-violence assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, following a report of a domestic disturbance on

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Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

November 26th, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first state to do so in New England. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toe-hold in the northeastern states they have long coveted.

Supporters of marijuana legalization say part of their focus on Maine is schematic — the ease of Maine’s citizen-led public ballot initiative process makes it a more viable target than states where laws can only be changed through complicated state legislative battles. Pro-legalization advocates also cite a pair of recent victories in municipal legalization drives — Portland, the state’s largest city, in 2013 and South Portland, its fourth largest, this month.

Maine also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana nearly four decades ago, and the state already has a sizeable network of eight dispensaries and more than 1,500 legal growers. The favorable climate for legalization has national and local pro-marijuana groups gearing up for a potential statewide legalization ballot initiative in 2016.

“It’s quite possible that Maine could be the first state in the Northeast to legalize marijuana and other states would follow,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance.

Marijuana reformers

Article source: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/national/marijuana-advocates-hope-maine-goes-legal-next/article_b188277d-0497-5c97-bbb7-ecd65ba10989.html

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

November 26th, 2014

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

In this photo made Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, former U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan Begin smokes medical marijuana at his home in Belfast, Maine. Begin had his right elbow blown off by a roadside bomb in 2004 and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Maine could lead the way for legalization in the northeast, as two of its biggest cities have gone legal, and advocates want to take it statewide. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

In this photo made Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, former U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan Begin smokes medical marijuana at his home in Belfast, Maine. Begin had endured 35 surgeries after having his right elbow blown off by a roadside bomb in 2004. He is a proponent of legalizing pot for recreational use and allowing individual citizens the right to grow six plants. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

In this photo made Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, former U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan Begin smokes medical marijuana at his home in Belfast, Maine.

Article source: http://www.theindependent.com/news/national/marijuana-advocates-hope-maine-goes-legal-next/article_e3ac8871-f335-584e-8a83-823c16bfb1b3.html

Maine marijuana advocates think Maine can be first northeastern state to legalize

November 26th, 2014



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Article source: http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/283631261.html

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

November 25th, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first state to do so in New England. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toe-hold in the northeastern states they have long coveted.

Supporters of marijuana legalization say part of their focus on Maine is schematic — the ease of Maine’s citizen-led public ballot initiative process makes it a more viable target than states where laws can only be changed through complicated state legislative battles. Pro-legalization advocates also cite a pair of recent victories

Article source: http://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/national/marijuana-advocates-hope-maine-goes-legal-next/article_a9144b44-a27d-5e07-a499-2a2cca4ace6f.html

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

November 25th, 2014

Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first state to do so in New England. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toe-hold in the northeastern states they have long coveted.

Supporters of marijuana legalization say part of their focus on Maine is schematic — the ease of Maine’s citizen-led public ballot initiative process makes it a more viable target than states where laws can only be changed through complicated state legislative battles. Pro-legalization advocates also cite a pair of recent victories in municipal legalization drives — Portland, the state’s largest city, in 2013 and South Portland, its fourth largest, this month.

Maine also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana nearly four decades ago, and the state already has a sizeable network of eight dispensaries and more than 1,500 legal growers. The favorable climate for legalization has national and local pro-marijuana groups gearing up for a potential statewide legalization ballot initiative in 2016.

“It’s quite possible that Maine could be the first state in the Northeast to legalize marijuana and other states would follow,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance.

Marijuana reformers around the country scored a

Article source: http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article4077079.html

Pot advocates hope Maine goes legal next

November 24th, 2014

Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of Western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first state to do so in New England. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toe-hold in the northeastern states they have long coveted.

Supporters of marijuana legalization say part of their focus on Maine is schematic — the ease of Maine’s citizen-led public ballot initiative process makes it a more viable target than states where laws can only be changed through complicated state legislative battles. Pro-legalization advocates also cite a pair of recent victories in municipal legalization drives — Portland, the state’s largest city, in 2013 and South Portland, its fourth largest, this month.

VT group works against legalizing pot

Maine also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana nearly four decades ago, and the state already has a sizeable network of eight dispensaries and more than 1,500 legal growers. The favorable climate for legalization has national and local pro-marijuana groups gearing up for a potential statewide

Article source: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2014/11/23/pot-advocates-hope-maine-goes-legal-next/19458437/

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

November 24th, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first state to do so in New England. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toe-hold in the northeastern states they have long coveted.

Supporters of marijuana legalization say part of their focus on Maine is schematic — the ease of Maine’s citizen-led public ballot initiative process makes it a more viable target than states where laws can only be changed through complicated state legislative battles. Pro-legalization advocates also cite a pair of recent victories in municipal legalization drives — Portland, the state’s largest city, in 2013 and South Portland, its fourth largest, this month.

Maine also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana nearly four decades ago, and the state already has a sizeable network of eight dispensaries and more than 1,500 legal growers.

 The favorable climate for legalization has national and local pro-marijuana groups gearing up for a potential statewide legalization ballot initiative in 2016.

“It’s quite possible that Maine could be the first state in the Northeast to legalize marijuana and other states would follow,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance.

Marijuana reformers

Article source: http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/142/article/117775/