Archive for October, 2015

Maine groups team up on ballot measure to make marijuana legal

October 30th, 2015


BOSTON/SACRAMENTO, Calif. Two groups that had backed competing ballot initiatives to make recreational use of marijuana legal in Maine agreed on Monday to join forces on one measure to put before voters in 2016.

The state is one of six where competing pro-marijuana groups hope to hold referendums on marijuana legalization in 2016, following 2012 votes that legalized the drug in Colorado and Oregon. Attitudes about marijuana in the United States have changed markedly since then, as voters in Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Voters in Ohio will weigh in on legalization next month.

In Maine, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said that it would put its organization behind a ballot initiative submitted by Legalize Maine.

Legalize Maine had already collected about 40,000 signatures of voters who support the initiative and would need a total of 61,000 by January to place the measure on a statewide ballot.

“Either one of our measures would have passed but all of us had our doubts about what would happen if there were two measures on the ballot,” said Lynne Williams, general counsel for Legalize Maine, whose members played a key role in legalizing medical marijuana in the state. “It’s probably always better to work together than to work on parallel tracks.”

David Boyer of Maine’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, added, “Our initiatives were largely similar overall.”

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Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/26/us-maine-marijuana-idUSKCN0SK2CH20151026

Parents want their kids to have more access to rescue medications – WCSH

October 29th, 2015

Windham, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — For more than a year News Center brought you the stories of families of children with severe epilepsy as they fought for the right to use medical marijuana in Maine hospitals.

Dozens of other families of children with epilepsy are preparing for another battle — giving their kids more access to an emergency rescue medication which is legal.

Diastat is a medication used to stop a violent seizure from becoming fatal. Because it is a powerful narcotic — the drug is often kept locked away in the school nurses office — and some parents worry their kids won’t get the the live saving drug in time.

Parents say their kids need to have it available at school at all times because the window to save a child with Diastat is a precious few minutes — the problem the rules on who can administer Diastat to their kids changes from school to school and that is putting their kids lives in danger.

13-year old Anna Tinsley began suffering from seizures when she was just two months old. Diagnosed with a rare brain malformation — part of her brain was removed to stop the violent seizures. That helped for a while.

But they came back when she turned 8.Her neurologist prescribed ‘Diastat’ for Anna — recommending that she have the rescue medication with her at all times. The medicaiton is a rectal gel that comes in

Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2015/10/29/teachers-and-ed-techs-would-be-allowed-to-administer-diastat/74822874/

Competing marijuana legalization groups join forces behind one ballot question

October 27th, 2015

Two marijuana legalization campaigns have joined forces, ending the possibility of competing measures on the 2016 ballot that advocates say could have split the vote.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, an effort backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, announced Monday that it will stop collecting signatures to support the initiative it filed in March that would set up a system to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana to adults. The group will keep its name but will now spearhead the campaign in support of a similar initiative filed in February by Legalize Maine, which billed itself as a homegrown group supported by people in the state’s agriculture and medical marijuana industries.

The development ends the fragmentation among supporters of legalization that made the movement vulnerable, and it also eliminates the possibility that voters would pass two legalization questions, which would have forced the legalization language into the hands of the Legislature.

While advocates say they’re confident Maine is ready for legalized marijuana, they also were concerned that having two similar proposals on the ballot would have created confusion among voters. If both qualified for the ballot and were approved, the Legislature would have had the messy job of sorting out the conflicts with statute.

“We’ve all been concerned about having two initiatives and splitting the vote,” said state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, a longtime legalization advocate who has supported the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “I think when it comes down to it, the people of Maine support legalizing marijuana

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/26/competing-marijuana-legalization-groups-join-forces-behind-one-ballot-question/

Maine marijuana legalization groups agree to work together

October 26th, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — The two campaigns that have been jousting to put competing marijuana legalization questions on Maine’s 2016 state ballot have coalesced behind one plan, organizers announced Monday.

It ends an awkward and often rancorous duel that has divided marijuana advocates and potentially scared away large national donors that would have happily given to the effort to legalize marijuana in Maine under normal circumstances.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a group backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a news release that it will now run the effort in support of a legalization question proposed by Legalize Maine, an organization formed by state medical marijuana advocates last year.

Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine, called the announcement “a major milestone on the path to ending marijuana prohibition in Maine” in a news release.

Legalize Maine’s proposal is similar, but more permissive in some respects than the one proposed by the Marijuana Policy Project. For example, it would make up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana legal instead of the national group’s 1 ounce, and also features cheaper fees for cultivation licenses.

The two groups have been negotiating for months in private over combining the effort and their differences have spilled into the public eye.

In August, McCarrier accused the Marijuana Policy Project of walking away from negotiations, saying it wanted “a cookie-cutter model across the whole nation” that won’t work for Maine.

David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said then that negotiations had stopped

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/10/26/politics/maine-marijuana-legalization-groups-agree-to-work-together/

Waterville woman arrested in connection with drug trafficking

October 26th, 2015

WATERVILLE — A local woman was summoned Thursday evening in connection with an alleged drug trafficking operation on Oak Street, police said.

Amber Frost, 24, of 23 Oak St., Apartment 4, is charged with class C felony criminal conspiracy, Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey said Friday.

Earlier in the day Thursday, Waterville police arrested Edward Dawe, also 24, on charges of class B aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and two counts of class C trafficking in scheduled drugs.

The charges stemmed from a tip police received about four weeks ago that drugs were being sold from the apartment, Massey said.

During the execution of a search warrant Thursday, police seized 1.9 pounds of marijuana and $57,000 in cash hidden in the apartment and believed to be proceeds from drug sales. They also found bank documents indicating more money was being held in two accounts belonging to Frost, Massey said.

Dawe is a medical marijuana patient, and that entitles him to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana legally for personal use. But the quantity found in the apartment vastly exceeded the legal amount, and that “obviously suggests he was selling it,” Massey said.

Frost was summonsed Thursday evening and was scheduled to appear Dec. 28 at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. No further charges are expected in the case, Massey said.

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Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/10/23/waterville-woman-arrested-in-connection-with-drug-trafficking/

Though danger signs were everywhere, boy’s life was still lost

October 25th, 2015

WISCASSET — Angelique Delano remembers the odd request from her teenage son, Gavin Clark, that is now seared into her memory.

It came a few weeks ago, during one of the rare serious conversations she had with him.

take these warning signs seriously

Mental health researchers say that suicides almost always have complex causes, but there are usually warning signs that precede a suicide or a suicide attempt. People close to someone who exhibits one or more of these behaviors should take the warning seriously, and seek to make a personal connection with the distressed person, or find out if he needs professional help or intervention.

 Talking about wanting to die

Looking for a way to kill oneself

Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose

Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

Talking about being a burden to others

Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly

Sleeping too little or too much

Withdrawing or feeling isolated

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

Displaying extreme mood swings

For anyone who has feelings of intense loneliness or is considering suicide or self-harm, help is available around the clock. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at: 800-273-8255.

In Maine, local help is available for those in crisis at: 888-568-1112. More information on suicide prevention and youth-suicide statistics are available at the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Maine website.


Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/25/because-no-one-heeded-the-signs-alna-boys-life-was-lost/

Because no one recognized the signs, Alna boy’s life was lost

October 25th, 2015

WISCASSET — Angelique Delano remembers the odd request from her teenage son, Gavin Clark, that is now seared into her memory.

It came a few weeks ago, during one of the rare serious conversations she had with him.

take these warning signs seriously

Mental health researchers say that suicides almost always have complex causes, but there are usually warning signs that precede a suicide or a suicide attempt. People close to someone who exhibits one or more of these behaviors should take the warning seriously, and seek to make a personal connection with the distressed person, or find out if he needs professional help or intervention.

 Talking about wanting to die

Looking for a way to kill oneself

Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose

Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

Talking about being a burden to others

Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly

Sleeping too little or too much

Withdrawing or feeling isolated

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

Displaying extreme mood swings

For anyone who has feelings of intense loneliness or is considering suicide or self-harm, help is available around the clock. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at: 800-273-8255.

In Maine, local help is available for those in crisis at: 888-568-1112. More information on suicide prevention and youth-suicide statistics are available at the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Maine website.


Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/25/because-no-one-heeded-the-signs-alna-boys-life-was-lost/

Standish man charged with murder in death of 3-month-old son

October 25th, 2015

Maine State Police arrested a Standish man Saturday afternoon and charged him with murder in connection with the death of his 3-month-old son, authorities said.

Eugene “Charlie” Martineau, 24, was taken to the Cumberland County Jail after his arrest in Portland about 3:30 p.m., said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Eugene Martineau. Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Sheriff


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Martineau is charged in the death of Leo Josephs, who died Saturday at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to McCausland’s news release. The mother of the baby is Julia Josephs, 21, of 180 Bonny Eagle Road in Standish.

The baby was brought to the hospital Wednesday and was being treated for multiple injuries. An autopsy will be performed at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

Leo and his twin sister were born prematurely. Authorities said the baby girl is still in the hospital being treated for early birth complications.

A Facebook page for Martineau features a profile photo of a man holding a baby and a cover photo of two small babies, one of whom is attached to medical tubes. The page shows Martineau to be living in Sanford, in a relationship with Julia Kathleen Josephs and as a “cultivator at Marijuana.”

Martineau will make his first court appearance Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland.

Martineau’s arrest follows other recent deaths of babies in Maine,

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/24/standish-man-charged-with-murder-of-3-month-old-son/

Police: Waterville Apartment Raid Leads to Pot, $130K in Drug Money

October 24th, 2015

Police: Waterville Apartment Raid Leads to Pot, $130K in Drug Money

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A man from Waterville is in jail after police say they seized nearly two pounds of pot and $130,000 in suspected drug money.

24-year-old Edward Dawe is charged with several drug trafficking charges.

He was arrested Thursday at his apartment on Oak Street.

Police say they got a tip Dawe had been dealing drugs from his apartment.

Along with the pot, they say they also discovered $57,000 in cash.

The investigation lead them to a bank account with another $73,000.

Police say 24-year-old Amber Frost’s name was on the account.

She was summonsed for conspiracy.

Police say Dawe is a medical marijuana patient but he’s only allowed to have about 2.5 ounces for personal use.

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Article source: http://wabi.tv/2015/10/23/police-waterville-apartment-raid-leads-to-pot-130k-in-drug-money/

Waterville cops seize marijuana, cash in apartment raid

October 23rd, 2015

WATERVILLE — A city man was arrested Thursday after police said they seized nearly 2 pounds of marijuana and approximately $130,000 in suspected drug money in an afternoon search of an apartment on Oak Street.

Edward Dawe, 24, was arrested after officers executed a search warrant at his apartment on 24 Oak St. at 1 p.m. Dawe was charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs class B, and two charges of trafficking in scheduled drugs class C.

Waterville police seized 1.9 pounds of marijuana and $57,000 in cash from an Oak Street apartment in a search Thursday afternoon. Edward Dawe, 24, was arrested and charged with several trafficking counts.

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Police got a tip about four weeks ago that drugs were being sold out of the apartment, said Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey.

During the search, officers found 1.9 pounds of marijuana stored in several large plastic bags and $57,000 in cash hidden in the apartment, according to Massey. The money is suspected proceeds from drug sales, he said.

Bank documents found in the apartment indicated more money was being held by an accomplice in two accounts at a local bank, and after police served a search warrant, the bank froze $73,000 held in the accounts, Massey said. Police are pursuing charges against the accomplice, he added.

Dawe is a medical marijuana patient and is that entitled him to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use, but the quantity found

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/10/22/waterville-cops-seize-marijuana-cash-in-apartment-raid/