Archive for May, 2015

4th Annual Home Grown Maine trade show – WLBZ

May 31st, 2015

New England’s largest medical cannabis trade show is drawing in thousands of attendees.

Article source: http://www.wlbz2.com/story/news/2015/05/31/medical-marijuana-expo/28276831/

UMaine Farmington researchers to study key marijuana strains, hope to help …

May 30th, 2015

FARMINGTON, Maine — A pair of University of Maine at Farmington professors plan to study marijuana to find strains that will help patients suffering from various ailments, but have little use for those just looking to get high.

Jean Doty, a biology professor, said that she and her colleague, Terry Morocco, an associate professor of chemistry, took interest in BDN stories last year about laid off millworkers in East Millinocket and Lincoln exploring the option of starting a new livelihood as medical marijuana caregivers.

“It got us thinking about the potential economic benefits that larger-scale grow operations could offer Maine, but also the very real security concerns this poses for citizens,” Doty said in a recent email.

Doty and Morocco believe that identifying marijuana strains with high medical effectiveness but low recreational value could be key in the expansion of that caregiver industry.

“From this research, we hope to develop a genetic test that can identify chemical profiles at an early growth stage, allowing caregivers to focus on strains that meet the needs of their patients,” Doty said.

The first phase of the project will analyze the chemical profiles and genetics of small plant samples provided by caregivers from across the state. Then the researchers hope to develop a model for studying how cannabinoid compounds are produced and why medical marijuana works for particular treatments.

Morocco said the benefits of medicinal use of marijuana have been outlined extensively in scientific literature, but there’s still much to learn about the

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/30/news/mid-maine/umaine-farmington-researchers-to-study-key-marijuana-strains-hope-to-help-medical-pot-caregivers/

Bill to legalize marijuana in Maine falters in committee

May 30th, 2015

AUGUSTA — Members of a legislative committee voted Thursday to reject a bill seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Maine.

However, one of the bill’s sponsors said the real fight will be on the House floor and then likely at the ballot box in 2016, regardless of how things play out in the Maine Legislature this year.

The bill rejected by the committee on Thursday would allow those 21 and older to possess as much as one ounce of pot and set a 10 percent tax rate on marijuana sales. The bill rejected by the committee on Thursday would allow those 21 and older to possess as much as one ounce of pot and set a 10 percent tax rate on marijuana sales.


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After hours of negotiations and concessions by the bill’s authors, the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee voted 6-3 to reject L.D. 1380, which would have created a regulatory system for marijuana, subject to voter approval. Although four committee members were absent, bill supporters said they don’t expect to pick up enough votes to change the outcome.

“It’s disappointing,” said bill sponsor Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland. “The fight has never been in Criminal Justice. The fight is going to be on the House floor … we have built a defensible bill that we can take to the floor.”

Russell’s legalization bill adopted aspects of a similar measure sponsored by another Portland Democrat, Rep. Mark Dion. Both

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/28/bill-to-legalize-marijuana-in-maine-falters-in-committee/

Effort to establish marijuana OUI standard stalls in Legislature

May 27th, 2015

AUGUSTA — An effort to establish a legal standard for operating under the influence of marijuana has stalled in the Legislature, but another proposal could come with input from advocates by next year.

It’s already prohibited in Maine to be under the influence of marijuana and other drugs while driving, but unlike the law on alcohol, there’s no legal limit that indicates intoxication.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he’ll be “happy to” convene a working group to study the issue of setting legal limits for marijuana impairment while operating, following a vote Tuesday by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he’ll be “happy to” convene a working group to study the issue of setting legal limits for marijuana impairment while operating, following a vote Tuesday by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.


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A bill backed this year by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap would have set a blood intoxication level of 5 parts per billion of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. But that part was stripped by the Legislature’s Transportation Committee and sent to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which voted Tuesday to recommend that Dunlap’s office convene a working group to study the issue before possibly returning with another proposal by 2016.

Dunlap said he’ll be “happy to do it,” and his office will examine the issue. However, an expert who

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/05/27/effort-to-establish-marijuana-oui-standard-stalls-in-maine-legislature/

Effort to establish marijuana OUI standard stalls in Maine Legislature

May 27th, 2015

AUGUSTA — An effort to establish a legal standard for operating under the influence of marijuana has stalled in the Maine Legislature, but another proposal could come with input from advocates by next year.

Medical marijuana is legal in Maine, while driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is already prohibited. But unlike alcohol, there’s no legal limit that indicates intoxication.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he’ll be “happy to” convene a working group to study the issue of setting legal limits for marijuana impairment while operating, following a vote Tuesday by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he’ll be “happy to” convene a working group to study the issue of setting legal limits for marijuana impairment while operating, following a vote Tuesday by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.


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A bill backed this year by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap would have set a blood intoxication level of 5 parts per billion of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. But that part was stripped by the Legislature’s Transportation Committee and sent to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which voted Tuesday to recommend that Dunlap’s office convene a working group to study the issue before possibly returning with another proposal by 2016.

Dunlap said he’ll be “happy to do it” and his office will examine the issue. However, an expert who

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/27/effort-to-establish-marijuana-oui-standard-stalls-in-maine-legislature/

Portland police hunt for shooters who killed Scarborough man

May 27th, 2015

PORTLAND — A 19-year-old Scarborough man died and another man remains hospitalized after being shot late Monday night at an Old Port recording studio.

A Portland police officer talks with people outside 26 Market St. Tuesday morning. A 19-year-old Scarborough resident, Treyjon Arsenault, died after being shot at a recording studio inside the building. A second victim, not identified by police, is expected to recover.

Police have yet to apprehend the assailants, whom officers described as likely acquaintances of the two men who were shot.

The shooting on Market Street in the Old Port was one of four violent crimes in the city within 24 hours.

Portland police called a news conference Tuesday to discuss the outbreak of violence. Acting Chief Vernon Malloch of the Portland Police Department said “Portland is a very safe city.”

Treyjon Arsenault, one of the shooting victims, died early Tuesday morning at Maine Medical Center, according to Malloch. The other victim of the shooting, a 20-year-old Portland man whom police declined to identify, remains hospitalized in Portland and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police have made no arrests in the shooting, which took place just before midnight Monday at Da Block recording studio at 26 Market St.

“We believe the parties involved are known to each other, at least in some form,” Malloch said. “This was not a random attack.”

Malloch declined to say whether police have a suspect, but did say police suspect more than one

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2015/05/27/portland-police-hunt-shooters-who-killed-scarborou/234165

Augusta man sentenced in Bangor federal court for pharmacy robbery

May 27th, 2015

BANGOR — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a 22-year-old Augusta man to seven years in prison, saying the community needed a break from him and his criminal doings.

Dominic J. Pomerleau had pleaded guilty in February to robbery and attempted robbery for holding up two Rite Aid pharmacies within 20 minutes last Sept. 2 in Augusta.

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While his mother and his stepfather pleaded with the judge for leniency for Pomerleau, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock called him a “one-man crime spree” almost from his mid-teens, saying he had “a horrendous criminal history.”

Woodcock said the crimes were getting more frequent and more violent and that Pomerleau was spending more and more time in jail every year.

Woodcock said Pomerleau’s family and others picture the ideal man rather than reality.

During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, several people, including Woodcock, referred to Pomerleau’s history as a drug addict beginning about age 15 and continuing through the morning after the robberies.

That was when his two codefendants, Lance M. Szady and Nichole Breton, found him lying unresponsive half inside a closet with his lips purple, his eyes filmed over. They took him to MaineGeneral Medical Center, where he was treated for the next week for opiate poisoning that almost killed him.

Pomerleau, with short dark hair and a short-sleeved navy T-shirt, came into the courtroom Wednesday in shackles. Once the handcuffs were removed, he waved to about a dozen family members

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/05/20/augusta-man-sentenced-in-bangor-federal-court-for-pharmacy-robbery/

1 dead in Portland in spate of violent crimes

May 26th, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — A 19-year-old Scarborough man has died and another man remains hospitalized after being shot late Monday night at a Portland recording studio. Police have yet to apprehend the alleged assailants, whom officers described as likely acquaintances of the two men who were shot.

The shooting on Market Street in the Old Port was one of four violent crimes in the city within 24 hours.

Portland police called a news conference Tuesday to discuss the outbreak of violence. At that event, Acting Chief Vernon Malloch of the Portland Police Department said “Portland is a very safe city.”

Trejohn Arsenault, one of the shooting victims, died early Tuesday morning at Maine Medical Center, according to Malloch. The other victim of the shooting, a 20-year-old Portland man whom police declined to name remains hospitalized in Portland and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police have made no arrests in the shooting, which took place just before midnight Monday at Da Block recording studio at 26 Market St.

“We believe the parties involved are known to each other, at least in some form,” Malloch said. “This was not a random attack.”

Malloch declined to say whether police have a suspect, but did say police suspect more than one person was responsible for the attack.

No motive has been established.

“Our evidence suggests that seven to 11 people were inside the studio” at the time of the shooting, which took place during a recording session, Malloch said Tuesday. He said reports of a stabbing were not accurate and any

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/?p=1953455&preview_id=1953455?ref=latest

Medical marijuana caregivers sue Maine town over ordinance

May 21st, 2015

YORK, Maine (AP) — A group of medical marijuana caregivers has filed suit against a southern Maine town, claiming that a recently adopted ordinance violates state confidentiality laws.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1HWTSyK ) the York ordinance requires all medical marijuana caregivers to obtain a business license from the town.

In order to do so, a form that becomes public record must be filled out. The ordinance, passed in November, also allows police to inspect the premises.

The group’s attorney, Lynne Williams, says the town cannot pass an ordinance conflicting with state law regarding marijuana caregivers’ rights to remain anonymous.

Williams asked for an injunction that would postpone the May 5 deadline the caregivers were given to apply for licenses.

Town Manager Steve Burns couldn’t be reached by the newspaper for comment.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

Article source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Medical-marijuana-caregivers-sue-Maine-town-over-6235364.php

Portland lawmakers make pitch for legal pot

May 20th, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two Democratic legislators from Portland on Wednesday introduced their bills to legalize adult recreational marijuana use, saying the state should accept their presumption that weed is here to stay.

The question, they said, is how society should deal with that fact — continue to outlaw marijuana or attempt to regulate it the same way society regulates the legal drugs of tobacco and alcohol.

“As a former police officer, we know that this war was lost a long time ago,” said Rep. Mark Dion, a former Cumberland County sheriff and one of the lawmakers pushing legalization. Speaking during a public hearing on the two bills in the Criminal Justice Committee, he said society should treat marijuana the same way it treats alcohol — by encouraging responsible use and seeking to help those for whom responsible use is impossible.

“We don’t criminalize people if they choose to consume [alcohol or tobacco], but what we can do is try to manage those consumption patterns,” he said.

Dion and his counterpart, Rep. Diane Russell, both said their bills were more necessary than ever because of grassroots efforts to put marijuana legalization on the ballot via citizens initiative in 2016.

“By planning ahead, we can inoculate ourselves from having to scramble to put policies in place after the fact,” Russell said. “This is the responsible path forward and the last time it will be available to us as a tool.”

Russell’s bill, LD 1380, and Dion’s, LD 1401,

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/20/politics/portland-lawmakers-make-pitch-for-legal-pot/