Archive for July, 2015

Maine veteran wants to make medical marijuana an option for treating injured …

July 30th, 2015

PORTLAND (WGME) — Chronic pain, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder are just a few of the health issues facing many veterans who return home from serving our country.

CBS 13 took a look at a controversial treatment option and whether the Veterans Administration should change a long standing policy against it.

Ryan Begin joined the Marines in 2001. He did two tours with the First Battalion, Second Marine division in Iraq. The second tour ended his military career.

“On my second tour, I was hit by a roadside bomb and lost my elbow, my right elbow, had over 35 surgeries. Was on a cocktail of prescription pills, similar to a lot of veterans’ stories you know,” Begin said.

Begin couldn’t get away from the pain and the trauma. Begin says he attempted suicide three times. “I ate 90 Valium, drank two bottles of whiskey in a 24 hour period, I ate 45 Baclofen at one time, I ate 30 Valium at one time. There was no light, there was no tunnel, there was just blackness and I mean, once you hit that point, it seems like an easy way to end things,” Begin said.

But Begin found his way back. He says it started with his desire to quit all the pills. But he had to find a way to live with the pain and the PTSD. Medical cannabis has been the answer for Begin. He says it was suggested

Article source: http://wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/maine-veteran-wants-make-medical-marijuana-option-treating-injured-veterans-28464.shtml

Medical marijuana a growth industry in Maine

July 30th, 2015

ELLSWORTH — It’s a warm, midsummer morning when 27-year-old Jeremy Sprague welcomes a visitor to his farm.”

It doesn’t look like a farm at first. On the first floor of a small house there’s a bed, a kitchen and a TV running security camera footage.

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Then Sprague heads upstairs where his horticulture thrives.

Sprague, a medical marijuana grower, has rigged two small rooms with lamps and dehumidifiers. Jungle green and less than a foot tall, some plants are stationed in small pots. Others have been harvested and hang from a wire

Article source: http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/medical-marijuana-a-growth-industry-in-maine

Maine veteran aims to make medical marijuana an option for treating injured …

July 30th, 2015

PORTLAND (WGME) — Chronic pain, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder are just a few of the health issues facing many veterans who return home from serving our country.

CBS 13 took a look at a controversial treatment option and whether the Veterans Administration should change a long standing policy against it.

Ryan Begin joined the Marines in 2001. He did two tours with the First Battalion, Second Marine division in Iraq. The second tour ended his military career.

“On my second tour, I was hit by a roadside bomb and lost my elbow, my right elbow, had over 35 surgeries. Was on a cocktail of prescription pills, similar to a lot of veterans’ stories you know,” Begin said.

Begin couldn’t get away from the pain and the trauma. Begin says he attempted suicide three times. “I ate 90 Valium, drank two bottles of whiskey in a 24 hour period, I ate 45 Baclofen at one time, I ate 30 Valium at one time. There was no light, there was no tunnel, there was just blackness and I mean, once you hit that point, it seems like an easy way to end things,” Begin said.

But Begin found his way back. He says it started with his desire to quit all the pills. But he had to find a way to live with the pain and the PTSD. Medical cannabis has been the answer for Begin. He says it was suggested

Article source: http://www.wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/maine-veteran-aims-make-medical-marijuana-option-treating-injured-veterans-28464.shtml

Ellsworth Police Log: Abuse concerns prompt calls to police

July 29th, 2015

ELLSWORTH — Police dealt with three situations in the past week where callers were concerned someone they knew was in an abusive relationship.

Though officers investigated and did not find evidence of abuse, a police official encouraged people who have concerns about friends, loved ones or employees to let police know in case there is abuse taking place in those situations.

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On July 21, an employer called police asking them to check on an employee. The woman had reportedly had “some type of domestic issues” with her husband several days earlier, and co-workers said she had missed a shift and had not communicated with them.

The husband had reportedly called the business on July 19 “cursing and yelling” at the person who answered the phone.

Police tracked the woman down, and she said she was OK. Police said she seemed to be fine, although she did tell them she

Article source: http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/cops/ellsworth-police-log-abuse-concerns-prompt-calls-to-police

Kennebec Journal July 28 police log

July 29th, 2015

AUGUSTA

Monday at 8:04 a.m., there was a report of a prowler on Pine Street.


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9:27 a.m., there was a report of a protection order violation on New England Road.

10:17 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Penobscot Street.

10:36 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Washington Street.

10:58 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Blaisdell Street.

10:59 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Chapel Street.

11:14 a.m., a 29-year-old Augusta woman was charged with false public alarm or report by police responding to a report of suspicious activity on Gage Street.

11:26 a.m., a 29-year-old Augusta man was charged with harassment by telephone by police responding to a complaint on East Chestnut Street.

12:38 p.m., there was a shoplifting complaint on Western Avenue.

12:58 p.m., a 33-year-old Manchester man was charged with theft by police continuing an investigation on State Street.

1:05 p.m., there was a complaint about trespassing on Western Avenue.

1:15 p.m., a 22-year-old Augusta man was charged with criminal trespass by police responding to a complaint on Western Avenue.

1:20 p.m., there was a complaint about trespassing on Water Street.

1:27 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Allen Street.

1:53 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of State and Hospital streets.

2:13 p.m., an assault was reported on Swan Street.

2:36 p.m., theft was reported on Child Street.

2:58 p.m., an assault was reported on Bond Street.

3:17 p.m., police recovered property

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/07/28/kennebec-journal-july-28-police-log-2/

No progress reported after sides meet on Warren manslaughter case

July 28th, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — There was no progress reported Tuesday following a morning-long meeting between the attorneys and judge in a manslaughter case stemming from a 2014 car crash.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said after the dispositional conference was completed at Knox County Unified Court that no progress was made. Defense attorney Eric “Rick” Morse said there was nothing new to report. The two men had met alternately and together for more than two hours with Justice William Stokes in the judge’s chamber.

The topic was the manslaughter case against Samuel Simmons. No additional hearing dates have yet been scheduled.

Simmons, 19, was driving north on Route 1 in Warren on March 20, 2014, when his 1997 GMC Sierra pickup truck crossed the centerline near the intersection of Western Road and struck a southbound 2003 Subaru Forester driven by Alison Low of Warren, police reported.

Low, 38, died at the scene. Her 18-year-old son, Dustin Kimball of Warren, was seriously injured but recovered. Kimball’s girlfriend, Olivia Blachet, spent more than five months at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Simmons was indicted in February on a charge of manslaughter and two counts of driving to endanger.

Earlier this month, Blachet, now 19, received a $5 million judgment against Simmons. He did not have motor vehicle insurance, however, and it was not made clear how that judgment might be collected.

Low’s family also has filed a negligence lawsuit against Simmons. That case is pending in court.

Last week, dueling expert reports were

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/28/news/midcoast/no-progress-reported-after-sides-meet-on-warren-manslaughter-case/

Maine Voices: Maine must be mindful of protecting marijuana as a cottage industry

July 28th, 2015

I have had the pleasure of talking with both Diane Russell, Democratic state representative for Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood, and David Boyer, Maine political director at the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy reform organization.

Although these conversations were separate, many themes were echoed. The main topic of discussion was the future of the recreational cannabis industry in Maine and how anticipated legislation would determine the laws and regulations within the industry.

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Galen Hand is a resident of Portland.


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My interest in the recreational cannabis industry is financial. I am a finance student at the University of New Hampshire with a passion for business enterprise.

The medical and recreational marijuana industry already has a significant tailwind and enormous development potential, hallmarks of a growth industry. An examination of the impact of any future laws on the structure and availability of opportunity in the industry is crucial for investment.

Of the topics discussed, the most vital was the following:

If and when a legalization bill or citizens’ initiative passes, will it create laws with the intention of limiting or expanding large corporations already heavily invested in the Maine medical marijuana marketplace? And how will such restrictions affect the cottage industry of medical and recreational marijuana production in the state?

Boyer and Russell were both ambiguous on the subject. They insisted that limitations most likely will be present, whether through the number of plants, the amount of space or another metric.

The logic of establishing this type

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/27/maine-voices-maine-must-be-mindful-of-protecting-marijuana-as-a-cottage-industry/

Berwick, Maine, teen battling epilepsy

July 28th, 2015



Posted Jul. 26, 2015 at 7:56 PM


Article source: http://www.fosters.com/article/20150726/NEWS/150729542

Maine Voices: Maine must be mindful of protecting marijuana as a cottage …

July 27th, 2015

I have had the pleasure of talking with both Diane Russell, Democratic state representative for Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood, and David Boyer, Maine political director at the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy reform organization.

Although these conversations were separate, many themes were echoed. The main topic of discussion was the future of the recreational cannabis industry in Maine and how anticipated legislation would determine the laws and regulations within the industry.

about the author

Galen Hand is a resident of Portland.


photo-storephoto-store

My interest in the recreational cannabis industry is financial. I am a finance student at the University of New Hampshire with a passion for business enterprise.

The medical and recreational marijuana industry already has a significant tailwind and enormous development potential, hallmarks of a growth industry. An examination of the impact of any future laws on the structure and availability of opportunity in the industry is crucial for investment.

Of the topics discussed, the most vital was the following:

If and when a legalization bill or citizens’ initiative passes, will it create laws with the intention of limiting or expanding large corporations already heavily invested in the Maine medical marijuana marketplace? And how will such restrictions affect the cottage industry of medical and recreational marijuana production in the state?

Boyer and Russell were both ambiguous on the subject. They insisted that limitations most likely will be present, whether through the number of plants, the amount of space or another metric.

The logic of establishing this type

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/27/maine-voices-maine-must-be-mindful-of-protecting-marijuana-as-a-cottage-industry/

Berwick, Maine, teen battling epilepsy – News – fosters.com – Dover, NH

July 27th, 2015



Posted Jul. 26, 2015 at 7:56 PM


Article source: http://www.fosters.com/article/20150726/NEWS/150729542