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Bangor, Maine City Officials Look to Other Legalized States for Guidance on Marijuana Policy

August 31st, 2016

Though Maine isn’t set to vote on recreational marijuana legalization until November, city officials in the state’s capital want to hit the ground running logistically. Bangor leadership is studying best practices from legalized states around the country to hammer out any restrictions or guidelines that would need to be put in place come November; the Bangor City Council hopes to gain valuable insight into which regulations are effective and which are not.

“We’re not taking a position on the referendum itself, and we have no intentions of doing so,” cautioned Councilor Joe Baldacci.

In a city council meeting Tuesday night, Councilor Josh Plourde made it clear that Bangor didn’t intend to ban the sale or cultivation of cannabis, which would be an available option at the city level under the proposed new statewide initiative. “If our goal were to limit access by becoming a ‘dry town,’ so to say, it’s very easy to drive to Brewer or Hampden to make purchases,” which would render a ban on sales in Bangor useless, Plourde explained. Rather, there’s likely a set of regulations the city can put in place to ensure a safe, effective, and thriving market, which would please all sides involved.

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According to “Question 1” on Maine’s upcoming ballot, Maine cities and towns would be prohibited from banning “cultivation of marijuana on a limited scale in a personal residence.” What the council must

Article source: http://www.marijuana.com/blog/news/2016/08/bangor-maine-city-officials-look-to-other-legalized-states-for-guidance-on-marijuana-policy/

Lyme support group to hear talk on medical marijuana Sept. 13 – Courier

August 31st, 2016

Rockland — Midcoast Lyme Disease Support Education welcomes Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed., to its Rockland Lyme Disease Support meeting at The Knox Center, 6 White St., Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

DeKeuster is a cofounder and director of community and education of the Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four of Maine’s eight state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. DeKeuster has nearly 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the medical cannabis industry on both the west and east coasts.

A former high school teacher and administrator, she believes that education is key to expanding understanding and acceptance of the therapeutic value of this herb, and reducing the stigma sometimes associated with its use.

Anyone who has been considering introducing medical cannabis into their treatment protocol and has questions is welcome. This meeting is free and open to the public. Childcare is not provided, so attendees are encouraged to plan accordingly.

For more information about this meeting or the organization, contact Paula Jackson Jones at 446-6447, Angele Rice at 841-8757 or visit the website at midcoastlymediseasesupport.blogspot.com.

Article source: http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/lyme-support-group-to-hear-talk-on-medical-marijuana-sept-13/1567427

Bangor wants research before deciding potential marijuana …

August 31st, 2016

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor plans to start studying how cities and towns in other states have reacted to the legalization of marijuana before figuring out what, if any, restrictions to set for businesses that want to sell it.

City leadership hopes to get the ball rolling before the November election, when Mainers will decide whether marijuana should be legal in the state for people over 21.

“We’re not taking a position on the referendum itself, and we have no intentions of doing so,” Councilor Joe Baldacci said during a Tuesday night council workshop.

The council plans to explore what ordinances municipalities in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana have adopted.

On Tuesday night, councilors said they weren’t supportive of an outright ban on the sale or growing of marijuana and marijuana-related products in the city, which cities could choose to enact under the initiative, but that there likely were lesser restrictions the city could adopt to ensure cannabis is sold safely and legally.

“If our goal were to limit access by becoming a ‘dry town,’ so to say, it’s very easy to drive to Brewer or Hampden to make purchases,” making such a ban ineffective, argued Councilor Josh Plourde.

Under the initiative, municipalities wouldn’t be able to prevent people from using or growing a limited amount of marijuana in their own homes.

The council could decide to restrict where businesses that sell or grow marijuana can set up shop. It also could limit what those businesses

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/08/30/news/bangor/bangor-wants-research-before-deciding-potential-marijuana-restrictions/

Bangor wants research before deciding potential marijuana restrictions

August 30th, 2016

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor plans to start studying how cities and towns in other states have reacted to the legalization of marijuana before figuring out what, if any, restrictions to set for businesses that want to sell it.

City leadership hopes to get the ball rolling before the November election, when Mainers will decide whether marijuana should be legal in the state for people over 21.

“We’re not taking a position on the referendum itself, and we have no intentions of doing so,” Councilor Joe Baldacci said during a Tuesday night council workshop.

The council plans to explore what ordinances municipalities in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana have adopted.

On Tuesday night, councilors said they weren’t supportive of an outright ban on the sale or growing of marijuana and marijuana-related products in the city, which cities could choose to enact under the initiative, but that there likely were lesser restrictions the city could adopt to ensure cannabis is sold safely and legally.

“If our goal were to limit access by becoming a ‘dry town,’ so to say, it’s very easy to drive to Brewer or Hampden to make purchases,” making such a ban ineffective, argued Councilor Josh Plourde.

Under the initiative, municipalities wouldn’t be able to prevent people from using or growing a limited amount of marijuana in their own homes.

The council could decide to restrict where businesses that sell or grow marijuana can set up shop. It also could limit what those businesses

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2016/08/30/news/bangor/bangor-wants-research-before-deciding-potential-marijuana-restrictions/

Sanford man charged with heroin trafficking

August 30th, 2016

A Sanford man was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin, authorities said.

Brian Vance, 27, was taken into custody about 4 p.m. by officers from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Sanford Police Department who have been investigating heroin distribution in Sanford.

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Officers had made undercover purchases of heroin from Vance, who was arrested on Winter Street in Sanford, the law enforcement agencies said in a joint news release. After a search, he was found to be in possession of about 10 grams of a heroin-fentanyl mix with an estimated street value of $1,500, a loaded handgun and a boot knife.

Vance was charged with three counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (heroin/fentanyl). He had been sought on arrest warrants charging two counts of trafficking in heroin.

He was taken to the York County Jail in Alfred and charged in connection with the arrest warrants, with bail set at $50,000 cash.

An additional charge of Class A aggravated trafficking in heroin while armed with a firearm was added in connection with the seizure of the heroin and firearm. Bail on that charge was set at an additional $50,000.

The investigation is continuing and other associates of Vance have been identified and additional arrests are expected, police said.


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Our View: DEA stance on cannabis has silver lining for patients in Maine, nationwide

August 30th, 2016

A recent decision upholding the federal ban on medical cannabis was a letdown in Maine and the 24 other states where the drug can be prescribed to ease the symptoms of illness.

But the Aug. 11 announcement also offered reason for a more optimistic prognosis: The Drug Enforcement Administration is removing a major roadblock to medical studies of marijuana and advancing long-stalled efforts to research the plant’s value as a medication.

Glenn Lewis, who uses medical cannabis to treat recurring injuries from a car crash, lights a joint in his Manchester home in 2012. The Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to expand federal cannabis grow sites will facilitate rigorous research into the plant's therapeutic effects.Glenn Lewis, who uses medical cannabis to treat recurring injuries from a car crash, lights a joint in his Manchester home in 2012. The Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to expand federal cannabis grow sites will facilitate rigorous research into the plant's therapeutic effects.


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For 46 years, marijuana (along with heroin and LSD) has been a Schedule I drug, with no known medical benefits and “a high potential for abuse.” So when the DEA announced in April that it would soon decide whether to reclassify cannabis, there was widespread hope that the government was rethinking its long-held stance on the drug.

The production, distribution and consumption of marijuana all remain illegal under federal law – a fact that keeps medical cannabis patients and state-licensed suppliers

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/29/our-view-dea-stance-on-cannabis-has-silver-lining-for-patients-in-maine-nationwide/

Is Maine’s Governor Losing His Ever-Lovin’ Mind?

August 29th, 2016

In most states, the people running ballot measures crave the support of the sitting governor. A good word from the state’s head honcho is almost always a vote gainer.

Except in Maine.

As the state’s Question 1 campaign — adult-use cannabis legalization — has made its way toward the November ballot, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has opined against the idea. But not in a serious way. “I don’t smoke it, so I don’t care,” he said at a Bangor town hall meeting earlier this year.  Honestly, the math seemed to throw him. “I can’t figure out how you are going to tax something you grow in your backyard, I just can’t figure that out,” he said, as his counterparts in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon socked away tens of millions of dollars in new revenue.

Until last week, the folks behind Question 1 harbored worries about LePage. They feared a late-in-the-race surge of outspoken opposition from the governor might sway certain undecideds. Then LePage went LePage, and all those fears vanished. In the space of three days last week, LePage’s opposition went from a strike against legalization to a major benefit for the adult-use vote. “The support we need is from a majority of Maine voters,” David Boyer, spokesman for Maine’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told Leafly. “And thankfully, the people are ahead of the politicians on this issue.” At this point, the “No on 1” folks aren’t gonna want to touch the governor with a 10-foot pole, either.

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Article source: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/maines-governor-losing-ever-lovin-mind/

That Moment: In face of fatal illness, resilience and a colorful burst of creativity

August 29th, 2016

Wearing a denim jacket bedazzled with purple studs, Sam Koenigsberg looked out at more than 100 people assembled for his 33rd birthday party, and then up at the larger-than-life tumor on the projection screen.

“So yeah, I have brain cancer,” Koenigsberg said.

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Sam Koenigsberg pauses after dancing at his 33rd birthday party last week. He threw the celebration partly to bring his friends and family into the world of his purple visions.Sam Koenigsberg pauses after dancing at his 33rd birthday party last week. He threw the celebration partly to bring his friends and family into the world of his purple visions.

Sam Koenigsberg pauses after dancing at his 33rd birthday party last week. He threw the celebration partly to bring his friends and family into the world of his “purple visions.”

He chuckled, a little nervous. A few guests laughed with him.

Last November, Koenigsberg had his first seizure. Soon, he was having as many as 12 seizures in a day. In January, an MRI uncovered anaplastic astrocytoma – a rare malignant brain tumor. Koenigsberg immediately underwent surgery to remove about 70 percent of the mass, and in the months since, he has undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He has taken steroids to prevent dangerous swelling in his brain and medical marijuana to treat his nausea and fatigue.

His prognosis is uncertain, but his doctors have

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/29/that-moment-in-face-of-fatal-illness-resilience-and-a-colorful-burst-of-creativity/

Funding to fight opiate crisis falls as deaths surge

August 28th, 2016

The state’s financial commitment to fighting the heroin and opiate epidemic has decreased during a time when drug overdose deaths have soared into unprecedented territory and as demand for treatment far outstrips available resources.

Maine spent 6.6 percent less, or about $4.5 million, on drug treatment and prevention overall from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015, according to information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine's Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the state is committed to identifying best practices and supporting innovative programs, although she acknowledged that there are differing opinions about what constitutes effective treatment programs.Maine's Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the state is committed to identifying best practices and supporting innovative programs, although she acknowledged that there are differing opinions about what constitutes effective treatment programs.


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But DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the numbers provided by her office don’t include all spending and that the amount spent should not be the benchmark for success. She said efforts to combat the crisis have been made even if the results aren’t yet visible, and more is being done every day.

“Certainly, when it comes to substance abuse and when it comes to prioritizing spending, there are a host of spending priorities,” Mayhew said in an interview Friday. “Because it is multifaceted, we need to ask, how do we make sure we’re adequately funding law

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/28/funding-to-fight-opiate-crisis-falls-as-deaths-surge/

LePage talks issues, spars with legislator – News – seacoastonline …

August 26th, 2016



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