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Maine Marijuana Legalization Campaign to Submit Signatures on Monday

January 31st, 2016
Maine Marijuana Legalization Campaign to Submit Signatures on Monday

Enough Signatures Collected to Put Legalization to a Vote in November

FALMOUTH, ME — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit its petition to state officials on Monday in support of a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine.

The campaign collected more than 100,000 total signatures and needs at least 61,123 valid signatures of registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.

“Over the past six months, we’ve talked to tens of thousands of voters from all over the state,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most Mainers agree it is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”

If enough signatures are collected to place the measure on the ballot and it is approved by voters in November, the proposal will legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults.  Home cultivation of six mature or 12 immature plants would be allowed, and the retail marijuana industry would be overseen by the state’s Department of Agriculture.

Retail sales would be subject to  a 10% flat sales tax.  Medical marijuana sales will not be subjected to the sales tax.

The proposal would also allow for marijuana social clubs.

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Article source: http://www.thedailychronic.net/2016/53006/maine-marijuana-legalization-campaign-to-submit-petition-signatures-on-monday/

Marijuana Legalization Campaign In Maine To Submit Petition Signatures On Monday

January 30th, 2016

portland maine marijuana legalizationThe Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit its petition to state officials on Monday in support of a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine. The campaign collected more than 100,000 total signatures and needs at least 61,123 valid signatures of registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.

State Rep. Diane Russell will join the campaign for a news conference at 10 a.m. ET in front of the campaign’s headquarters in Falmouth (183 U.S. Route 1). Campaign leaders and volunteers will then load boxes of petitions onto a truck and deliver them to the Maine Secretary of State in Augusta (111 Sewall St.) at approximately 12 p.m. ET.

“Over the past six months, we’ve talked to tens of thousands of voters from all over the state,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most Mainers agree it is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”

WHAT: News conference and submission of petitions in support of the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Maine

WHEN: Monday, February 1, news conference at 10 a.m. ET; petitions will be delivered to the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions at approximately 12 p.m. ET

WHERE: News conference at CRMLA headquarters, 183 U.S. Route 1 (around back of the building), Falmouth; petitions will then be delivered to the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions, Burton Cross Building, 111 Sewall

Article source: http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-maine-submit-petition-signatures-monday/

Maine Governor To Citizens: ‘Load Up And Get Rid Of Drug Dealers’

January 30th, 2016

Maine Governor Paul LePage took aim at drug dealers in the state recently, noting that citizens have Constitutional Carry and therefore have the right to shoot dealers.

That thaw in attitudes toward drug users makes LePage the latest in a string of white conservative politicians calling for a kinder, gentler approach to drug users.

Maine Governor Paul LePage (in centre) lived in New Brunswick for years and raised two of his daughters in the province.

We have constitutional carry. He followed up saying he did not advocate for vigilante justice.

Earlier this month LePage said out-of-state drug dealers were impregnating “young white girls“.

“These people … there’s nothing good enough for these people”, he said. Heightened awareness of imported heroin in ME “creates the ideal storm of hysteria in what is an all-white state”, he says.

“Maine needs to send a message to these criminals so they know their actions aren’t taken lightly here”, said Cyrway. “Do you know that there are no prosecutors of color?”

“I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people that kill Mainers”, he said, referring to people who sell illegal drugs that cause overdose deaths. LePage later said he wasn’t suggesting vigilantism. “While you can use deadly force to prevent an imminent violent crime, you can’t use deadly force just because you think someone is dealing drugs”.

“The conversation on addiction this election has focused more on treatment and compassion – and differs from the tough-on-crime rhetoric

Article source: http://presstelegraph.com/2016/01/30/maine-governor-to-citizens-load-up-and-get-rid-of-drug.html

Maine Governor To Citizens: ‘Load Up And Get Rid Of Drug Dealers’

January 30th, 2016

Maine Governor Paul LePage took aim at drug dealers in the state recently, noting that citizens have Constitutional Carry and therefore have the right to shoot dealers.

That thaw in attitudes toward drug users makes LePage the latest in a string of white conservative politicians calling for a kinder, gentler approach to drug users.

Maine Governor Paul LePage (in centre) lived in New Brunswick for years and raised two of his daughters in the province.

We have constitutional carry. He followed up saying he did not advocate for vigilante justice.

Earlier this month LePage said out-of-state drug dealers were impregnating “young white girls“.

“These people … there’s nothing good enough for these people”, he said. Heightened awareness of imported heroin in ME “creates the ideal storm of hysteria in what is an all-white state”, he says.

“Maine needs to send a message to these criminals so they know their actions aren’t taken lightly here”, said Cyrway. “Do you know that there are no prosecutors of color?”

“I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people that kill Mainers”, he said, referring to people who sell illegal drugs that cause overdose deaths. LePage later said he wasn’t suggesting vigilantism. “While you can use deadly force to prevent an imminent violent crime, you can’t use deadly force just because you think someone is dealing drugs”.

“The conversation on addiction this election has focused more on treatment and compassion – and differs from the tough-on-crime rhetoric

Article source: http://presstelegraph.com/2016/01/30/maine-governor-to-citizens-load-up-and-get-rid-of-drug.html

‘My sobriety is No. 1’: A Maine man’s journey from addiction to recovery

January 29th, 2016

YORK, Maine – Jason LaPierre had been down the rabbit hole of prescription opioid pill addiction for more than two years when he finally came clean to his wife. He had a job that paid well, responsibility, kids at home; but by then the fissures were widening – paying bills was a struggle as he had to fund a $60 a day habit, the lies were many and growing.

“I wrote her a letter and came right out and told her,” he said, recalling precisely the Nov. 15, 2010 date he took pen to paper. “If I had to buy thousands of dollars a month worth of pills, I wanted to get better.”

What he thought would be catharsis, though, was anything but that. “I thought if I told her, I would be on the road to recovery. Instead I went off the rails, and I made her part of my secret,” he said. His addiction worsened, getting up to a cost of $400 a day at the end, and when he finally wrestled that demon to the ground, he picked up the demon of alcohol.

It would be 2015 before he came to terms with all of it. By that time, he’d lost his house, his job, his dignity. Amazingly his marriage remained in tact. And today, his family is pivotal, as are his addiction support group meetings, as he works one day at a time to put his life back together. He is going to community college to earn a degree

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2016/01/29/news/york/my-sobriety-is-no-1-a-maine-mans-journey-from-addiction-to-recovery/

Police/Fire: Maine man arrested on marijuana charges

January 29th, 2016

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:46 pm

Police/Fire: Maine man arrested on marijuana charges

A Maine resident who told Gloucester police he had a license to possess and distribute marijuana for medicinal purposes in that state is facing distribution charges here after officers observed him driving erratically in the area of Patriot Circle.

Joel Shain Buckman, 44, of 413 Menotomy Road in the Maine town of Fryeburg, was charged with distribution of a Class D substance — the category for marijuana — and possession of both Class C and Class D substances with intent to distribute. He was arrested after police followed him and pulled over his vehicle with two passengers inside in the parking lot of the Cape Ann Plaza off

Article source: http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/police-fire-maine-man-arrested-on-marijuana-charges/article_c137dc8e-633e-54aa-af00-90d77029aec4.html

Winslow schools approve medical marijuana policy

January 28th, 2016

Winslow, Waterville and Vassalboro schools are enacting policies to allow students to use medical marijuana in school as districts across the state move to comply with a state law passed last year that allows the practice.

The Winslow School Board on Monday voted to approve a policy that allows a parent or legal guardian considered a primary caregiver under Maine’s medical marijuana laws to administer marijuana on school grounds to a student certified to use the drug.

The Vassalboro School Board has taken a first reading of an identical policy and intends to have a second meeting in February, and the Waterville School Board will discuss the first reading of the policy at its meeting on Wednesday.

The three schools make up Alternative Organizational Structure 92, and share a superintendent, administration and transportation, but have separate school boards.

The policy enacted by the school boards was developed by the Maine School Management Association in response to a law passed by the Maine Legislature last year that allows students to take prescribed medical marijuana on school grounds as long as it is given to them by a primary caregiver.

AOS 92 Superintendent Eric Haley said Thursday that he does not know how many students, if any, use medical marijuana in the three districts. The issue of dispensing medical marijuana has not been brought to the school boards or administration by parents or others, he added.

The new policy also hasn’t sparked any public interest, although there were a few “raised eyebrows” by policy committee members when they

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/28/winslow-schools-approve-medical-marijuana-policy/

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, girlfriend of inmate who died settle $2 million suit

January 27th, 2016

The girlfriend of a man who died after he was pepper-sprayed in 2014 at the Somerset County Jail and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office have agreed to settle a lawsuit that could pay her and her son close to $2 million.

Pamela Swett charged in the suit that her boyfriend, Joseph Daoust, was denied proper medical treatment while he was waiting to go to court and that negligence by corrections officers led to his death.

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Inmates read and play board games in the day room in the medium security wing at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison in 2014. A suit brought by the girlfriend of an inmate who died at the jail that year, Joseph Dauost, is being settled for nearly $2 million.Inmates read and play board games in the day room in the medium security wing at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison in 2014. A suit brought by the girlfriend of an inmate who died at the jail that year, Joseph Dauost, is being settled for nearly $2 million.

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Daoust, a 27-year-old Wilton man, was being held at the jail on drug trafficking charges in May 2014 when he died of a pulmonary hemorrhage — bleeding of the lungs — after he was pepper-sprayed at the jail.

Swett’s lawsuit, filed in April

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2016/01/27/somerset-county-sheriffs-office-girlfriend-of-inmate-who-died-settle-2-million-suit/

POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook, presented by MAINE GREEN LINE: BAKER’s State of the Commonwealth — POT …

January 27th, 2016

01/22/16 07:19 AM EST

By Lauren Dezenski (ldezenski@politico.com; @laurendezenski)

TODAY — Gov. Charlie Baker delivers a speech shedding light on his local aid budget plans in a speech to the Massachusetts Municipal Association at 10:30 a.m. Attorney General Maura Healey, Auditor Suzanne Bump and Treasurer Deb Goldberg are also expected to speak.

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ICYMI, GOV BAKER’S STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH SPEECH — “Baker calls for action on energy, charter schools and opioids,” from POLITICO Massachusetts:

“Gov. Charlie Baker called for action on his hydropower energy proposals, lifting the cap on charter schools and resolving the state’s opioid epidemic in his first State of the Commonwealth speech Thursday night, prompting immediate pushback from alternative energy advocates and praise from charter school advocates.”

“’I get that energy, opioids and education are challenging and complex issues, but we can successfully take them on,’ Baker said.”

“The roughly 30-minute, 3,400-word speech focused on Baker’s push for action on the three proposals already before the Legislature, as well as touting his administration’s successful efforts to get the state’s transportation system back on track, reduce wait times at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and reinvest in local aid.”

“One significant figure was not in attendance: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who was in Washington, D.C. for the U.S.

Article source: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/massachusetts-playbook/2016/01/politico-massachusetts-playbook-presented-by-maine-green-line-bakers-state-of-the-commonwealth-pot-legalization-complications-wolf-endorses-sanders-212286

Medical cannabis supporters call for proper labeling and testing

January 27th, 2016

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