Archive for April, 2015

Experts: Effort to set blood standard for marijuana-impaired driving not …

April 30th, 2015

AUGUSTA — An effort before the Legislature to set a blood limit standard for marijuana-impaired drivers was criticized by pot advocates on Thursday who said science doesn’t support it.

Marijuana-impaired driving was a main focus of this year’s Maine Impaired Driving Summit, run by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and AAA at the Augusta Civic Center. Medical marijuana is legal in Maine, and in 2016 voters could be asked to decide on dueling proposals to legalize recreational marijuana, which only Colorado, Washington and Alaska have done so far.


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As is the case with alcohol, driving while under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is prohibited in Maine. But it’s rarer and cases can be hard to prove. With alcohol, there’s a legal limit that indicates intoxication. Maine has no standard for marijuana, and of the nation’s 23 medical marijuana states, it’s one of 12 where convictions must be proved through a totality of evidence, including blood tests, erratic driving and sobriety test results, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

Now the Legislature is considering a bill that would set a blood intoxication level of 5 parts per billion of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. Six states have legal limits and Colorado, Washington and Montana have set them at the level that Maine is considering.

In Maine, there were 3,600 convictions for operating under the influence of alcohol in 2014 alone, but from 2004 to 2014, just 3,250

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/04/30/experts-effort-to-set-blood-standard-for-marijuana-impaired-driving-not-backed-by-science/

Knox County Sheriff’s blotter – Courier

April 30th, 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to 244 incidents April 19-25:

April 19

Deputy Arthur Smith responded to a report of an adult female threatening to harm herself in Warren. The female subject was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center for an evaluation.

Deputy Jeremy Joslyn conducted a radar detail in Friendship. No violations were noted.

April 20

Following a traffic stop in Washington, Deputy Nathaniel Jack issued a summons for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and no insurance.

April 21

Smith responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Hope involving a single vehicle. Reportable damage sustained.

Following a traffic stop in St. George, Jack issued a summons for expired inspection.

Following a traffic stop in Warren, Smith issued a summons for expired registration.

Deputy Paul Spear conducted a radar detail in Friendship. No violations were noted.

Deputy Robert Potter began an investigation of theft on Vinalhaven. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

Deputy Pat Polky, Spear and Sgt. Lance Mitchell responded to a report of a disorderly male in Warren. The male was located and transported to Pen Bay Medical Center for an evaluation.

Polky responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in St. George involving a single vehicle. Reportable damage sustained.

Spear responded to a report of a suspicious female in  Cushing. Following this response, Melody Waldron, 51, of Cushing was arrested on a probation violation.

April 22

Joslyn conducted a radar detail in Union. No violations were noted.

Following a traffic stop in Warren, Spear issued a summons for speed.

April 23

Joslyn and Mitchell responded to a

Article source: http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/knox-county-sheriffs-blotter/1339167

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April 30th, 2015

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Knox County Sheriff’s beat: Domestic violence terrorizing, cultivation of …

April 29th, 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s office received 244 calls for service from April 19-25. Those calls that are not listed below include issues with all terrain vehicles, alarms, 911 hang-ups, nuisance, erratic vehicles and suspicious complaints. An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

April 19

Deputy Arthur Smith responded to a report of an adult female making threats of harming herself in Warren. The female subject was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center for an evaluation.

Deputy Jeremy Joslyn conducted a radar detail in Friendship. No violations were noted.

April 20

Following a traffic stop in Washington, Deputy Nathaniel Jack issued a summons for operating unregistered motor vehicle and no insurance.

April 21

Smith responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Hope involving a single vehicle. Reportable damage sustained.

Following a traffic stop in St. George, Jack issued a summons for expired inspection.

Following a traffic stop in Warren, Smith issued a summons for expired registration.

Deputy Paul Spear conducted a radar detail in Friendship. No violations were noted.

Deputy Robert Potter began an investigation of theft on Vinalhaven. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

Deputies Pat Polky, Spear and Sgt. Lance Mitchell responded to a report of a disorderly male in Warren. The male was located and transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center for an evaluation.

Polky responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in St. George involving a single vehicle. Reportable damage sustained.

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Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/knox-county-sheriff-s-beat-domestic-violence-terrorizing-cultivation-marijuana/52035

Pot Bills Draw Crowd

April 28th, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — A dozen bills that would address just about all aspects of the Maine medical marijuana program drew scores to testify before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee on Monday.

Among the issues addressed was taxing marijuana. Cyndi Brown from Starks says medicine should not be taxed.

“I feel very strongly that taxation of a medicine is wrong,” Brown says.

Erica Haywood of Farmington was concerned one bill would allow rules to be made without legislative oversight.

“The sweeping language of this legislation constitutes a major substantive change to the Maine medical marijuana program,” Haywood says. “It allows unlimited rule and regulatory changes to be made behind the scenes by program administrators instead of lawmakers.”

Other legislation addressed issues from how many plants a caregiver can grow for their patients to a measure aimed at protecting patient information and a bill allowing patients in a hospital to have access to medical marijuana. All the bills will now be considered by the committee at work session.

Article source: http://news.mpbn.net/post/pot-bills-draw-crowd

12 medical marijuana bills discussed at state house

April 28th, 2015

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Boothbay Harbor Police Blotter: Drugs, driving under the influence and …

April 27th, 2015

Boothbay Harbor Police Department reported five arrests in the first few weeks of April.

On April 4 at 8:49 p.m. on Lakeside Drive, Officers Upham and Hutchings arrested Howard Coffin-Williamson, 47, Boothbay Harbor, for domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime.

On April 5 at 8:47 p.m. on Townsend Avenue, Officer Upham arrested Audrey Soule, 48, Boothbay Harbor, for failure to pay fines.

On April 12 at 8:03 p.m. on Route 27, Sgt. Higgins arrested Paul Glockner, 44, Boothbay, for operating under the influence.

On April 13 at 3:38 p.m. on William Street, Officer Mercier arrested Damon Hanna, 45, Boothbay Harbor, for unlawful possession of a schedule drug, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

On April 16 at 10:25 a.m. on Andrea Lane, Officers Chryplewicz and Hauser arrested Jeffrey Burnham, 38, Boothbay, for failure to pay fines and theft by unauthorized taking.

From March 31 through April 22, Boothbay Harbor officers responded to 189 calls. They conducted two 9-1-1 checks, 20 compliance checks, two property checks, nine motor vehicle stops, 27 escort/transports, one warrant arrest and three welfare checks. They assisted 11 citizens and one other agency, assisted with two community paramedicine visits, issued one concealed weapons permit, attempted to locate one person, received police information six times, performed community policing eight times, controlled traffic 18 times, and responded to 10 burglar alarms, one child abuse report, two criminal mischief reports, two domestic disturbance reports, four instances of erratic operations, six fire alarms, three harassment reports, one juvenile problem,

Article source: http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/boothbay-harbor-police-blotter-drugs-driving-under-influence-and-domestic-violence/51741

Former Maine sheriff proposes law to seize firearms from violent offenders

April 27th, 2015

It’s Monday from Augusta, where even though the Senate and House of Representatives aren’t in session, there is a slew of committee work happening. One of the major areas of focus today will be Maine’s medical marijuana program, which is the subject of a dozen bills that are in public hearings today before the Health and Human Services Committee. 

Maine has allowed medical marijuana since 2002, three years after 62 percent of Maine voters supported the measure in a statewide referendum. Voters approved Question 5 in 2002, which established the Maine Medical Marijuana Act, a body of law that has been the subject of countless attempts at legislation ever since. 

The bills range from attempts to expand the number of ailments that qualify for medical marijuana treatments to allowing the use of marijuana in hospitals to increasing the number of patients one person can grow for. 

It’s going to be a long day of testimony for the lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Committee. 

Across the rest of the State House complex, the list of bills under consideration today is long and varied. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee starts the day with a trio of bills that would increase oversight of amusement park rides and this afternoon will hear testimony on four bills related to the prevention of domestic violence, including attempts to expand the use of electronic monitoring of offenders to keep them away from victims. 

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, a former sheriff and long-time member of the Criminal Justice Committee, is

Article source: http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2015/04/27/former-sheriff-proposes-law-to-seize-firearms-from-violent-offenders/

Proposal would allow marijuana in Maine hospitals

April 25th, 2015

Proposals to allow medical marijuana patients to use cannabis in hospitals and to authorize unannounced state inspections of sites where licensed caregivers grow the drug will be introduced in public hearings Monday before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee.

The proposals are among a dozen bills, sponsored by a mix of Republicans and Democrats, that would amend the state’s 16-year-old medical marijuana law in various ways to expand production or access to the drug for patients and strengthen oversight by state officials. Lawmakers say the tweaks are necessary to ensure the program continues to operate responsibly and keeps patients safe.


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“Since medical marijuana became legalized, there’s always been a need to refine the law,” said Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, co-chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. “It’s still relatively new to our state.”

Maine voters first legalized the limited use of medical marijuana in 1999 and significantly expanded the law a decade later. A 2009 ballot initiative ordered the state to set up a regulated system of dispensaries and caregivers to supply patients with the drug.

After hearing from parents of children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders who rely on medical marijuana, Brakey became the lead sponsor of L.D. 35, which would allow patients to use a tincture or other smokeless form of medical marijuana in hospitals. The bill faces opposition from hospital officials, who say they are prohibited by federal law from allowing the drug’s use.

“We’re talking about young children who

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/25/proposals-would-allow%E2%80%A8marijuana-in-hospitals/

5 reasons 2016 will be a big year for Maine voters

April 23rd, 2015



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Two years from now, Maine could be transformed into a state where adults can smoke legal, recreational marijuana and elect their leaders without fear of “wasted votes.” The lowest paid employees would make substantially more than they earn today and will keep more of that money because of the elimination of the income tax.

That’s all because of the growing number of groups pushing citizens’ initiatives and other ballot measures for 2016. Those activists already are out there, gathering petition signatures to place a variety of policy proposals to voters.

The process requires gathering more than 60,000 certified signatures before Jan. 22, 2016. None of the efforts has yet been certified. But given the political muscle behind the following campaigns, each one has a better than decent shot of ending up on the ballot.

Here’s a look at several issues Mainers could decide on Nov. 8, 2016.

Legalized weed. It’s likely voters will have at least one chance to legalize recreational marijuana

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/04/23/the-point/5-reasons-2016-will-be-a-big-year-for-maine-voters/