Archive for March, 2015

Former sheriff plans push to legalize marijuana in Maine

March 31st, 2015

A former police officer turned lawmaker is launching the fourth effort this year to legalize recreational marijuana for Maine adults.

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, has submitted a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana sales, tax them at 15 percent and allow use by adults 21 and older. The language of the legislation is being developed and details won’t be available until the process is completed.

Rep. Mark Dion says his plan would limit the number of retail pot stores so they aren’t “on every corner.”Rep. Mark Dion says his plan would limit the number of retail pot stores so they aren’t “on every corner.”


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Dion’s bill joins three other proposals – one from a fellow lawmaker and two from political action committees formed to advocate for legalization – that would legalize pot use by adults, create a regulatory structure for retail stores and cultivators, and tax sales.

“Although there are three other possible initiatives considering the legalization of marijuana, the proposal I’m bringing forward is more conservative,” said Dion, who was Cumberland County sheriff for 12 years and a Portland police officer for 21 years. “My goal is to treat this in the same way we provide oversight and control of alcohol.”

Dion said details, such as how much marijuana adults could possess, are being worked out, but his plan would create three tiers of licenses for cultivators. He also wants to limit the number of retail stores in Maine

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/31/former-sheriff-plans-push-to-legalize-marijuana-in-maine/

Third effort to get marijuana on Maine ballot is underway

March 30th, 2015

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Article source: http://www.wgme.com/news/features/featured/stories/-third-effort-get-marijuana-maine-ballot-underway-1750.shtml

Infighting on Maine marijuana law as push starts for a vote

March 28th, 2015

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Article source: http://www.bnd.com/2015/03/21/3724562/infighting-on-maine-marijuana.html

Third effort to get marijuana on Maine ballot is underway – WCSH

March 27th, 2015

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Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2015/03/27/maine-marijuana-bill/70548398/

Maine marijuana advocates to submit legalization petition – WCSH

March 26th, 2015

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Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2015/03/24/maine-marijuana-advocate-legilization-petition/70372070/

Maine marijuana advocates submit legalization vote petition

March 25th, 2015

Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they have filed their proposal for a statewide ballot question.

The group calls itself The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and it’s an effort of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. The campaign submitted its initiative Tuesday to state officials, said Falmouth resident David Boyer, the group’s leader and Marijuana Policy Project’s Maine political director.

The initiative proposes that adults 21 and older should be allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants at home. It would also create a “tightly regulated” retail and cultivation system and rules for governing production, testing, transportation and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products, the group said in a statement.

The group will need to collect 61,123 signatures to get on the 2016 ballot if the initiative is accepted by the Maine secretary of state. A rival group, Legalize Maine, is also organizing a petition drive for a legalization ballot question of its own.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, which opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana, released a statement Tuesday saying legalizing the drug would “burden Maine’s economy with increased social costs.”

Article source: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/business/article16171739.html

Maine marijuana advocates submit legalization vote petition

March 25th, 2015

Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they have filed their proposal for a statewide ballot question.

The group calls itself The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and it’s an effort of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. The campaign submitted its initiative Tuesday to state officials, said Falmouth resident David Boyer, the group’s leader and Marijuana Policy Project’s Maine political director.

The initiative proposes that adults 21 and older should be allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants at home. It would also create a “tightly regulated” retail and cultivation system and rules for governing production, testing, transportation and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products, the group said in a statement.

The group will need to collect 61,123 signatures to get on the 2016 ballot if the initiative is accepted by the Maine secretary of state. A rival group, Legalize Maine, is also organizing a petition drive for a legalization ballot question of its own.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, which opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana, released a statement Tuesday saying legalizing the drug would “burden Maine’s economy with increased social costs.”

Article source: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/business/article16171739.html

Maine marijuana advocates submit legalization vote petition

March 25th, 2015

Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they have filed their proposal for a statewide ballot question.

The group calls itself The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and it’s an effort of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. The campaign submitted its initiative Tuesday to state officials, said Falmouth resident David Boyer, the group’s leader and Marijuana Policy Project’s Maine political director.

The initiative proposes that adults 21 and older should be allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants at home. It would also create a “tightly regulated” retail and cultivation system and rules for governing production, testing, transportation and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products, the group said in a statement.

The group will need to collect 61,123 signatures to get on the 2016 ballot if the initiative is accepted by the Maine secretary of state. A rival group, Legalize Maine, is also organizing a petition drive for a legalization ballot question of its own.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, which opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana, released a statement Tuesday saying legalizing the drug would “burden Maine’s economy with increased social costs.”

Article source: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/business/article16171739.html

Maine marijuana advocates seeking legalization file proposal for statewide …

March 25th, 2015


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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they have filed their proposal for a statewide ballot question.

The group calls itself The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and it’s an effort of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. The campaign submitted its initiative Tuesday to state officials, said Falmouth resident David Boyer, the group’s leader and Marijuana Policy Project’s Maine political director.

The initiative proposes that adults 21 and older should be allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants at home. It would also create a “tightly regulated” retail and cultivation system and rules for governing production, testing, transportation and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products, the group said in a statement.

The group will need to collect 61,123 signatures to get on the 2016 ballot if the initiative is accepted by the Maine secretary of state. A rival group, Legalize Maine, is also organizing a petition drive for a legalization ballot question of its own.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, which opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana, released a statement Tuesday saying legalizing the drug would “burden Maine’s economy with increased social costs.”

Article source: http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/efff88c9c3314fbca3404a4b129ac172/ME--Maine-Marijuana/

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office: Ten arrests

March 24th, 2015

Deputy Todd Brackett reports the following:

On March 11, Deputy Chad Gilbert was dispatched to a report of a burglary to a motor vehicle in the Dresden area. Reported stolen was a purse and some medications. Further investigation to follow if leads develop.

On March 21, Deputy Aaron Beck was dispatched to a report of a burglary/theft to a foreclosed residence in the Whitefield area. Upon investigation, it was discovered that someone(s) entered the residence and stole copper piping. Further investigation to follow.

Summonses

On March 10, Anthony A. Heyl, 66, of Boothbay was issued a summons for operating under the influence, 1 prior, on Wiscasset Road, Boothbay, by Reserve Deputy Scott Mercier.

On March 11, Ashley C. Taylor, 21, of West Gardiner was issued summonses for possession of a usable amount of marijuana and sale/use of drug paraphernalia, on Route 1, Nobleboro, by Deputy Aaron Beck.

Arrests

On March 10, Anna Morkeski, 28, of Damariscotta was arrested for operating under the influence, on Bristol Road, Bristol, by Reserve Deputy Scott Mercier.

On March 12, Nichole L. Brackett, 29, of Newcastle was arrested on three outstanding warrants out of Knox County, on East Old County Road, Newcastle, by Deputy Chad Gilbert.

On March 13, Michelle Heald, 37, of Jefferson was arrested for burglary, assault, and criminal mischief, on Linscott Road, Jefferson, by Deputy Kenneth Hatch.

On March 16, Jennifer Becker, 49, of Edgecomb was arrested for aggravated furnishing of schedule drugs and endangering the welfare of a child, on Old

Article source: http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/lincoln-county-sheriff-s-office-ten-arrests/50179