Archive for July, 2017

Several dozen people take part in Gardiner marijuana-for-trash event

July 31st, 2017

A Gardiner medical marijuana caregiver says dozens of people took part in a clean-up Saturday in which he and other growers provided a gram of marijuana for every bag of trash collected on city streets by participants.

Dennis Meehan, who runs Summit Medical Marijuana with other members of his family in downtown Gardiner, said “several dozen” participants filled more than 100 trash bags — every bag they had on hand.

Summit Medical Marijuana owner Dennis Meehan said dozens of people participated in a Saturday event that promised a gram of marijuana for every trash bag picked up.Summit Medical Marijuana owner Dennis Meehan said dozens of people participated in a Saturday event that promised a gram of marijuana for every trash bag picked up.

Dennis Meehan with some of the varieties of medical marijuana for sale on July 7 at the new Summit Medical Marijuana storefront on Water Street in Gardiner.Dennis Meehan with some of the varieties of medical marijuana for sale on July 7 at the new Summit Medical Marijuana storefront on Water Street in Gardiner.

One of the varieties of medical marijuana for sale at the new Summit Medical Marijuana storefront on Water Street in Gardiner.One of the varieties of medical marijuana for sale at the new Summit Medical Marijuana storefront on Water Street in Gardiner.

While he said he isn’t sure how much marijuana he gave away, the trash bin was filled beyond the

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/07/24/several-dozen-people-take-part-in-gardiner-marijuana-for-trash-event/

Friday, July 28, 2017: Poliquin no help, a dangerous road, inappropriate marijuana article

July 29th, 2017

Marijuana article not appropriate

Like many Mainers, I am seriously concerned about the drug abuse epidemic we are suffering here and across the nation. Everyone knows the statistics, and there is no data that doesn’t indicate that alcohol and other drug problems are out of control.

To this end, I am left scratching my head. Why would the Bangor Daily News think it wise or appropriate to publish the article ” How to grow marijuana now that it’s legal in Maine“? This article encouraged drug use. Marijuana is indeed a serious drug that affects millions negatively, often opens the door to other drug use, and the BDN took a salacious and ill-informed approach to selling newspapers.

I’m not sure one can be ashamed of a newspaper, but I am ashamed of the BDN for encouraging and supporting a dangerous behavior in dangerous times.

Robert Dana

Bangor

A dangerous road

I am the neighbor to Drinkwater’s Variety on Route 2 in Lincoln, where a Howland man died after his motorcycle collided with a car exiting the establishment’s parking lot. This man lost his life directly due to the congestion of this area and the limited visibility in a 55 mph zone that is entirely dotted lines.

This company has an ice cream outdoor building, used vehicles for sale, and sit-down eating.

The available blacktop for parking vehicles is not adequate. In addition to the multiple businesses here, there is Fastco Corp. building, a trailer park and a church within 500

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/07/27/opinion/letters/friday-july-28-2017-poliquin-no-help-a-dangerous-road-inappropriate-marijuana-article/

What Maine’s recreational marijuana market will look like

July 28th, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are coalescing around a rough plan for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry after months of wonky hearings and with weeks more to go before a final proposal that could come by summer’s end.

Voters backed legalization by a slim margin in the 2016 election, approving a law allowing Mainers over age 21 to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It said marijuana would be taxed at 10 percent and built on a statewide cultivation cap of 800,000 square feet.

The Legislature in January delayed commercial sale of marijuana until 2018 to write rules for the system. For casual users, it leaves the federally illegal drug in a no man’s land — legal to grow, possess and consume but illegal to buy or sell.

Now it’s in the hands of a special legislative panel overseeing implementation, which has already agreed in a series of straw votes to several elements of the program, including raising the tax, scrapping the cultivation cap and giving municipalities significant control over the market.

Maine may tamp down the black market with a somewhat low effective tax rate, no cultivation caps and a residency requirement, but municipalities will provide the limits. Taxing and regulating marijuana is a balancing act. If the tax rate is too high or it’s too hard to do business, sales can easily go where they were before legalization — underground.

The committee hasn’t agreed on a tax figure even in a straw vote yet, but Sen. Roger

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/07/23/politics/what-maines-new-recreational-marijuana-market-will-look-like/

Clean trash off the street, get free weed in Maine

July 28th, 2017

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A town in Maine is about to get a little greener, after a businessman decides to give away free weed in exchange for cleaning up its streets.
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GARDINER, Maine — If you visit the city of Gardiner in southern Maine you may notice a little less debris along the streets and sidewalks.

That’s because dozens of people spent a sunny Saturday collecting trash all over town.

The incentive? Free marijuana.

“Bring us back the full trash bag, and we give them a gift of cannabis,” said Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner.

He and his family are using their brand new business to clean up the community. Recreational marijuana became legal in Maine earlier this year.

“[I heard of it in] Colorado — there was a town that did this,” Meehan said. “They had a great response to this. So I was hoping to do the same thing in Maine.”

How it works:

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/25/clean-trash-off-street-get-free-weed-maine/507637001/

Maine dispensary owner offers free weed for trash clean-up

July 27th, 2017

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city.

WCSH-TV reports that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash Saturday free marijuana. The businessman says anyone who was over 21 was offered free marijuana if they presented a bag of trash that was collected in town.

Meehan’s company advertised the cleanup effort on Facebook, and he says he hopes to expand what he calls “the day of service” program to the entire state. Mehan says the program is about bringing awareness to the “life-changing” nature of cannabis as well.

Gifting marijuana is legal in Maine.

Meehan says he got the idea for the swap from a Colorado town’s similar program.

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Information from: WCSH-TV, http://www.wcsh6.com

Article source: https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/07/24/maine-dispensary-owner-offers-free-weed-for-trash-clean-up

South Portland Police Beat: July 28 – The Forecaster

July 27th, 2017
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Arrests

7/9 at 1:55 a.m. Jason L. Parkman, 25, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of violating conditions of release.

7/10 at 11:35 a.m. Elyse Uwera, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Fellows Street by Officer Peter Corbett on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

7/11 at 1:35 a.m. Qaia Obeid, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Gorham Road by Officer Nicolas Dascanio on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/11 at 9:23 a.m. John Shuman, 60, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Rocco Navarro on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

7/13 at 2:18 a.m. John Dinan, 47, of Falmouth, was arrested on Spring Point Drive by Officer Jacob LaChance on charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence terrorizing.

7/13 at 4:38 a.m. Michael J. Quatrano, 30, of South Portland, was arrested on Sawyer Street by Officer Ezekiel Collins on charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening. 

7/13 at 11:54 p.m. Timothy Hall, 39, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Jacob LaChance on a charge of violating conditions of release.

7/14 at 7:49 p.m. Brian West, 27, of Raymond, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Caleb Gray on a charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and operating under the influence. 

Summonses

7/8 at 9:13 p.m. Isaiah J. Robichaud, 19, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Elm Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of illegal attachment of license

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-july-28/

South Portland Police Beat: July 28

July 27th, 2017
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Arrests

7/9 at 1:55 a.m. Jason L. Parkman, 25, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of violating conditions of release.

7/10 at 11:35 a.m. Elyse Uwera, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Fellows Street by Officer Peter Corbett on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

7/11 at 1:35 a.m. Qaia Obeid, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Gorham Road by Officer Nicolas Dascanio on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/11 at 9:23 a.m. John Shuman, 60, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Rocco Navarro on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

7/13 at 2:18 a.m. John Dinan, 47, of Falmouth, was arrested on Spring Point Drive by Officer Jacob LaChance on charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence terrorizing.

7/13 at 4:38 a.m. Michael J. Quatrano, 30, of South Portland, was arrested on Sawyer Street by Officer Ezekiel Collins on charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening. 

7/13 at 11:54 p.m. Timothy Hall, 39, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Jacob LaChance on a charge of violating conditions of release.

7/14 at 7:49 p.m. Brian West, 27, of Raymond, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Caleb Gray on a charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and operating under the influence. 

Summonses

7/8 at 9:13 p.m. Isaiah J. Robichaud, 19, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Elm Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of illegal attachment of license

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-july-28/

South Portland still wrestling with how to create affordable housing

July 26th, 2017
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SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors continue to grapple over whether to introduce an inclusionary zoning ordinance to promote affordable housing, or let the market take care of itself.

During a 4 1/2-hour workshop and meeting July 10, councilors discussed an affordable housing ordinance and retail marijuana measures. They also voted to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda and designate two new safe zones in the city.

Inclusionary zoning

The inclusionary housing amendment, modeled after the one in Portland, would require new housing projects of 20 or more units to set aside 10 percent of the units as affordable. Alternately, developers would have to pay $100,000 per unit to a city fund set aside for affordable housing.

The amendment would be retroactive to Feb. 27, when the City Council held its first workshop on the issue, and would cover proposed housing developments at Sable Oaks and on Clark’s Pond Parkway.

A first reading was held June 5, but councilors thought the issue needed more work.

Councilor Linda Cohen on Monday said she is not convinced inclusionary zoning will work.

“Nobody has proven it to me that it works,” Cohen said. “If it was voluntary I think I could support it. I’d rather let enterprise and capitalism and the private market just do its thing, and supply and demand.”

Councilor Sue Henderson said she also believes in capitalism, but she believes there are limits to the market’s reliability.

“The free market does not care about the vulnerable,” Henderson

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-still-wrestling-with-how-to-create-affordable-housing/

So. Berwick passes commercial medical pot moratorium

July 26th, 2017

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Town Council unanimously approved an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana production facilities at its July 25 meeting.

The moratorium will be in effect for 180 days and affects commercial facilities rather than home-based marijuana growers. State law currently defines home growers as individuals cultivating cannabis plants for no more than six persons with six plants per person.

The moratorium targets operations where medical marijuana is grown outside of a primary residence and within two or more buildings.

At prior council meetings, councilors explained the moratorium was necessary to better address concerns such as lighting, chemicals, gases, odors and land-use regulations associated with medical marijuana grown commercially.

Prior to the council vote, several residents voiced their support for the moratorium.

Pat Durkin of Brattle Street expressed hope the moratorium would help “prevent people from walking into town to make money” on medical marijuana. 

At the same time, Durkin asked councilors how they would enforce medical marijuana regulations following the six-month moratorium.

“We will develop performance standards and adopt ordinances that have been battle tested in court,” said council Vice Chairman Jack Kareckas.

Also favoring the moratorium was Steven Bayse of Ogunquit Road, who cited research indicating “there is an 8½ percent decrease in property values for homes located within a half mile” of marijuana growth facilities.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Spencer worried marijuana growing businesses may negatively affect her children. However, she supported “facilities” for those who need medical marijuana “but not in a residential neighborhood.”

In other business

Councilors heard

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170726/so-berwick-passes-commercial-medical-pot-moratorium

Maine employers shouldn’t test for marijuana without changes to state law, official says

July 26th, 2017

Under the new recreational marijuana law, which is scheduled to go into effect in February, the majority of Maine businesses would not be able to test job applicants for marijuana use or fire an employee for a marijuana-positive drug test unless they could also prove use or impairment on the job, according to the state Department of Labor.

According to Julie Rabinowitz, the department’s director of policy, operations and communications, businesses can’t reject applicants for using marijuana because they might be using it for medical purposes, which is allowed under state law. And now, because cannabis can be used recreationally in Maine, most employers won’t be able to fire somebody for a positive drug test, but must instead prove they were impaired on the job.

Employers in other states that have legalized marijuana have more rights, Rabinowitz told the state legislative committee formed to create the regulatory framework for recreational marijuana. Some legalized states spell out the lack of employee workplace protections, like California or Massachusetts, while others, like Colorado, remain silent on the matter, Rabinowitz told the committee Monday.

“Our laws are an outlier,” Rabinowitz said. “If the Legislature does not take action to provide clear, consistent, easy to follow regulations, Maine risks more employers leaving the state. Let’s stop thinking of drug testing as something punitive. Rather, it incentivizes employees, especially those in recovery, to stay clean, and promotes a safer work environment for all workers.”

During the months leading up to the referendum, legalization backers said the law would leave employer

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/24/maine-employers-shouldnt-test-for-marijuana-without-changes-to-state-law-official-says/