Archive for September, 2016

Maine’s ‘clean’ medical marijuana: ‘Organic’ in disguise

September 30th, 2016
Erica and Jack Haywood, of Love Grown. Love Grown marijuana is labeled Certified Clean Cannabis by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Erica and Jack Haywood, of Love Grown. Love Grown marijuana is labeled Certified Clean Cannabis by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. —Tristan Spinski / The New York Times

FARMINGTON, Maine — In a suite one flight above the bustling main street of Farmington, a university town in the foothills of western Maine, LoveGrown Caregiver Services is a marijuana lover’s delight.

Large glass jars contain potent buds called Blue Cheese and Headband, with high-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Another jar holds an aromatic strain of Critical Mass that is rich in cannabidiol, which has therapeutic effects but has relatively little THC and will not make users feel stoned. The business owner, Erica Haywood, grew it all.

Maine is one of 25 states, plus the District of Columbia, that permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. It is a competitive market with thousands of growers, known as caregivers under state law.

But Haywood now claims a distinction that sets her apart. She is among the first five farmers whose weed is labeled Certified Clean Cannabis by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Branded MC3, the marijuana is grown following organic standards, but it cannot be labeled “organic” under federal guidelines.

D.J. Taylor, a master cannabis gardener, trims harvested marijuana buds.
D.J. Taylor, a

Article source: https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/09/30/maines-clean-medical-marijuana-organic-in-disguise

Maine Postcard: When Advocates Turn On Each Other, It Gets Ugly

September 30th, 2016

You might assume the loudest critics of Maine’s Question 1—the ballot initiative that would legalize the adult use of cannabis—would be the prohibitionists or the police.

Not around here. The latest round of fear-mongering by cops and reefer-madmen hasn’t caught on, probably because most Mainers know cannabis isn’t responsible for the state’s real drug problem: skyrocketing heroin overdoses on the heels of a 20-year prescription pill abuse epidemic.

Cannabis advocates turning on their own: It’s a common theme across a number of states with cannabis ballot measures this fall. In Arizona, legalization supporters who failed to put their own initiative on the ballot are actively working to defeat a rival measure that succeeded, slagging the proposal as “fake legalization.” In Arkansas, two competing medical legalization measures have been battling each other all year. Both face legal challenges from prohibitionists, and if both survive they may split the vote and fall divided. In Maine, the brawling has been carried out with sharp words and bitter social media posts—but so far has managed to stay out of court.

I encountered this strange political dynamic up close  on a recent humid Maine midsummer’s night. The occasion was a party celebrating the opening of the Yes on One campaign headquarters in a nondescript office park on Brighton Avenue, a busy commuter thoroughfare into Portland, the state

Inside, a subdued group of 40 or so campaign supporters and staff mingled in the bare-bones “Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” office.

Outside, a group of cannabis

Article source: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/maine-postcard-advocates-turn-gets-ugly/

Senate District 25: Democrat Breen vs. Republican Ladd

September 30th, 2016
Cathy Breen

The election in Maine Senate District 25 will feature two candidates familiar with state government – although only one of them has experience in Maine.

Incumbent Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, is seeking a second term. Her challenger, Charles “Bart” Ladd, R-Falmouth, is a former Georgia state senator and representative.

Senate District 25 includes part of Westbrook, Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island and Yarmouth. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Breen, 50, of Falmouth Ridges Drive, is a former town councilor and former middle school teacher. She was elected to the Senate in 2014 after several recounts and a decision by a special Senate committee.

Ladd, 59, of Foreside Road, an engineer by education, is a former U.S. Air Force combat pilot who was born in Boston. He is a now a pilot for Delta Airlines. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1991 to 1999, and then in the Georgia state Senate from 1999 to 2003, when he lost a primary re-election bid. He and his family moved to Maine in 2011.

In the wake of a profanity-laced voicemail left to state Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, many in and out of the Legislature have called for some level of action against the governor.

Breen said she was disappointed the Senate president, Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, did not call the Senate back into a special session to address the issue. That means the Senate won’t be able to discuss

Article source: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/senate-district-25-democrat-breen-vs-republican-ladd/

Maine substance abuse official accused of drunken driving

September 29th, 2016

AVON, Maine — The associate director for treatment and recovery with the Maine Office of Substance Abuse Mental Health Services has been charged with operating under the influence after allegedly driving drunk.

Joan Smyrski, 62, of Jefferson was arrested Sunday evening by Deputy Bradley Scovill of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Franklin County Jail, according to jail booking information.

She was released Monday on $150 cash bail.

Smyrski also is listed on the Maine Department of Health and Human Services website as assistant director of community services for child care licensing, out of home investigations, the Maine medical marijuana program, behavioral health and substance abuse, and workforce development.

An email message left Thursday for DHHS spokeswoman Samantha Edwards about Smyrski’s arrest was not returned, and an email to Smyrski, via her state email address was automatically returned with a statement saying she will be out of the office, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 27. No reason for the hiatus was given in the email.

Smyrski and Dr. Chris Pezzulo, DHHS medical director, are scheduled to provide an update about new opioid prescribing limits at the 2016 annual fall conference of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association in Freeport on Nov. 12, according to the association’s website.

If convicted of drunken driving, Smyrski would face 48 hours in jail, a mandatory minimum fine of $600 and a 90-day license suspension.

 

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/09/29/news/state/maine-substance-abuse-official-accused-of-drunken-driving/

South Portland Police Beat: Sept. 30 – The Forecaster

September 29th, 2016
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9/9 at 6:03 p.m. Stephan Scala, 29, no address listed, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Ryan Le on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 

9/10 at 4:54 p.m. Allen T. Neves, 57, of Warren, was arrested on Stevens Avenue in Portland by Officer Caleb Gray on charges of robbery and operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

9/10 at 8:14 p.m. John E. Holman, 41, of South Portland, was arrested on Anthoine Street by Officer Scott Study on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

9/10 at 9:44 p.m. Jaime F. Guevara, 45, of South Portland, was arrested on Lincoln Street by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of operating under the influence. 

9/12 at 9:02 p.m. Casey Bernadini, 27, no address listed, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Christopher Todd on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

9/14 at 9:01 a.m. Scott Lambert, 36, of Portland, was arrested on Western Avenue by Officer Rocco Navarro on outstanding warrants from other agencies. 

9/16 at 1:12 a.m. Brian Hale, 53, no address listed, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Chris Gosling on charges of criminal trespass and violating conditions of release. 

9/16 at 6:22 p.m. Gary V. Moody, 51, of South Portland, was arrested on D Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on an outstanding local warrant. 

9/17 at 1:25 a.m. Emmanuel Cardenas, 25, of Raymond, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Sgt. Kevin Gerrish on a charge of operating under the influence. 

9/17 at 1:35 a.m. Nora M. Morris,

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-sept-30-2/

House District 96 Candidate: Stanley Paige Zeigler, Jr.

September 29th, 2016

Stanley Paige Zeigler, Jr. is seeking the Senate seat for District 12, which comprises Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont.

My name is Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr. Because I am a junior I went by my middle name growing up, however I answer to both my first and middle name. I am 67 years old and live in Montville. I retired two years ago from a 35-year career in the U.S. Merchant Marine where I reached the level of an Unlimited Master.

Prior to joining the Merchant Marine, I worked as a night counselor at a drug rehab center in the Portland area. I also taught students with special needs in Skowhegan.

Before that I was an all around logger for Georgia Pacific in northern Maine and a cedar rat on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. While in Washington, I also worked in several photographic dark rooms in Seattle. Before that I worked as a Maine Ambulance Attendant. In my teens I worked road construction and in an auto garage doing entry-level mechanical work. 

I have a B.A. from Dickinson College, an A.A. in navigation from Southern Maine Community College, studied advanced wood harvesting at Washington County Community College, took teacher certification classes at the University of Maine in Farmington and attended graduate school at Maine Maritime for international maritime management.

Presently I am vice chairman of RSU 3 and the Unity Area Regional Recycling Center


What are the most pressing issues facing Maine today, and how would

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/house-district-96-candidate-stanley-paige-zeigler-jr/76525

South Portland Police Beat: Sept. 30

September 29th, 2016
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Arrests

9/9 at 6:03 p.m. Stephan Scala, 29, no address listed, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Ryan Le on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 

9/10 at 4:54 p.m. Allen T. Neves, 57, of Warren, was arrested on Stevens Avenue in Portland by Officer Caleb Gray on charges of robbery and operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

9/10 at 8:14 p.m. John E. Holman, 41, of South Portland, was arrested on Anthoine Street by Officer Scott Study on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

9/10 at 9:44 p.m. Jaime F. Guevara, 45, of South Portland, was arrested on Lincoln Street by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of operating under the influence. 

9/12 at 9:02 p.m. Casey Bernadini, 27, no address listed, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Christopher Todd on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

9/14 at 9:01 a.m. Scott Lambert, 36, of Portland, was arrested on Western Avenue by Officer Rocco Navarro on outstanding warrants from other agencies. 

9/16 at 1:12 a.m. Brian Hale, 53, no address listed, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Chris Gosling on charges of criminal trespass and violating conditions of release. 

9/16 at 6:22 p.m. Gary V. Moody, 51, of South Portland, was arrested on D Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on an outstanding local warrant. 

9/17 at 1:25 a.m. Emmanuel Cardenas, 25, of Raymond, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Sgt. Kevin Gerrish on a charge of operating under the influence. 

9/17 at 1:35 a.m. Nora M. Morris,

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-sept-30-2/

Maine’s ‘Clean’ Medical Marijuana: ‘Organic’ in Disguise

September 28th, 2016

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Maine joins 8 other states to vote on expanding access to marijuana

September 28th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana.

Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug.

Five states – Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada – will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others – Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota – will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.

According to national polls, a solid majority of Americans support legalization. Gallup’s latest survey gauged support at 58 percent, up from 12 percent from when the question was first posed in 1969. Gallup says 13 percent of U.S. adults report using marijuana at present, nearly double the percentage who reported using pot in 2013.


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Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/maine-joins-8-other-states-to-vote-on-expanding-access-to-marijuana/

Senate District 12 Candidate: Dave Emery

September 28th, 2016

Penobscot Bay Pilot has posed a uniform set of questions to each candidate running for the Maine Senate and Legislature, providing the opportunity for the public to better understand their position on issues important to the state. The candidates have responded with written answers, which are posted below and with limited grammatical editing.

Dave Emery is seeking the Senate seat for District 12, which comprises Appleton, Camden, Cushing, Friendship, Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus, North Haven, Owls Head, Rockport, Rockland, St. George, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Union and Warren.

A native of Rockland, Dave Emery has served his state and the nation as a two-term State Representative, a four-term Congressman, and as the deputy director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Reagan Administration. After returning home to Maine, Dave served for a brief period as the interim president of Thomas College in Waterville. He is a 1970 Electronic Engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

During the time he represented Maine’s First District in Congress he served on the House Armed Services Committee and became an expert in naval and sea power issues. He also sat on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee where he was an active advocate for fishermen and for various environmental and conservation issues. He served as Chief Deputy Republican Whip during the 97th Congress.

In 1983, he was appointed Deputy Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency by President Reagan. During this critical time, he traveled throughout the world promoting US and NATO arms control strategies, often debating with opposing groups overseas.

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/senate-district-12-candidate-dave-emery/76502