Archive for October, 2017

What you need to know about Maine’s delayed pot law

October 31st, 2017

With the marijuana bill adopted by the Legislature last week facing a likely governor’s veto, some lawmakers say Maine could turn into the “wild, wild West” of marijuana.

Pot shops selling Snoopy-shaped edibles next to schools. Social clubs cropping up in bucolic village centers. The lowest pot tax in the country. Drive-up window sales.

“Without this bill, we go back to the referendum law,” said Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, referring to the initiative approved by voters last November that his committee spent months refining. “I think we can all agree that law is flawed. Over the last nine months, we found out just how flawed that law is. Going back to that, it would be chaos, confusion. We’ll be throwing oxygen on the fire of the black market. It will be the wild, wild West in Maine. How could anybody want that? Our bill, it’s not perfect, but it’s much, much better than that.”

Could that happen? Language embedded in the 30-page referendum makes it unlikely. The law prohibits applicants from growing recreational cannabis or operating a marijuana retail store or social club without approval from the state licensing authority and the host municipality. There is a moratorium on all but the personal-use parts of the ballot-box law for now, but even when it lapses in February, Mainers couldn’t launch an adult-use market without the OK of the state and host towns.

Gov. Paul LePage, a staunch marijuana opponent who once called it a deadly gateway drug, is unlikely to sign

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/29/highs-and-lows-seen-in-maine-marijuana-law-delays/

Gardiner officials to consider extending temporary ban on pot-related business

October 30th, 2017

Gardiner elected officials will decide this week whether to extend the temporary ban on allowing recreational marijuana-related enterprises in the city.

Like many other communities across Maine, Gardiner put in place a moratorium last year to give city officials time to consider whether they want social clubs and retail pot shops in Gardiner at all, and if so, where they should go.

One of the varieties of medical marijuana for sale on July 7 at the new Summit Medical Marijuana storefront on Water Street in Gardiner. City officials are working on regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana.One of the varieties of medical marijuana for sale on July 7 at the new Summit Medical Marijuana storefront on Water Street in Gardiner. City officials are working on regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana.

When voters narrowly passed the state-wide referendum on legalizing recreational pot, they also paved the way for the foundation of a slate of pot-related businesses to launch in the state.

Because they are a new class of business, the land use ordinances for those cities and towns that have them did not take into account this class of businesses. They have put in place temporary bans to allow them time to draft proposed ordinances or consider whether to ban some or all of the businesses.

At the state level, Gov. Paul LePage has until Friday to decide whether to sign a marijuana bill adopted by state legislators in special session last Monday. While he has often

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/10/30/gardiner-officials-to-consider-expanding-temporary-ban-on-pot-related-business/

Saco mayoral race pits two veterans of local politics – Portland Press …

October 30th, 2017

A former one-term mayor and a longtime city councilor are competing to be the next mayor of Saco as the city sees new economic development and voters prepare to decide Nov. 7 whether to invest nearly $12 million in infrastructure upgrades.

Donald Pilon, who represented Saco for four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, is looking to return to the mayor’s office to continue programs he supported during his term that ended in 2015. Former councilor Marston Lovell, now a York County commissioner, says he wants to return to Saco City Hall to provide guidance during what he describes as a transition period for the city.

SACO MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Marston Lovell

Marston Lovell

Age: 71

Address: 51 Nott St.

Occupation: Freelance software programmer; York County commissioner

Family: Married with two adult children, five grandchildren

Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy; University of Southern Maine

Political experience: Saco City Council, 2007-13; York County Commission, 2015-present

Civic experience: Maine Municipal Association Legislative Policy Committee and Strategy and Finance Committee; past member Dyer Library board of trustees

Donald Pilon

Don Pilon

Age: 66

Address: 1 Meadow Lane

Occupation: Real estate broker

Family: Married with one daughter and one granddaughter

Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of New England

Political experience: Four terms in Maine House of Representatives; Saco mayor, 2013-15

Civic experience: Sweetser board member; Engine board member; Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club


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Pilon, 66, was mayor for two years

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/30/saco-mayoral-race-pits-two-veterans-of-local-politics/

Saco mayoral race pits two veterans of local politics

October 30th, 2017

A former one-term mayor and a longtime city councilor are competing to be the next mayor of Saco as the city sees new economic development and voters prepare to decide Nov. 7 whether to invest nearly $12 million in infrastructure upgrades.

Donald Pilon, who represented Saco for four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, is looking to return to the mayor’s office to continue programs he supported during his term that ended in 2015. Former councilor Marston Lovell, now a York County commissioner, says he wants to return to Saco City Hall to provide guidance during what he describes as a transition period for the city.

SACO MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Marston Lovell

Marston Lovell

Age: 71

Address: 51 Nott St.

Occupation: Freelance software programmer; York County commissioner

Family: Married with two adult children, five grandchildren

Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy; University of Southern Maine

Political experience: Saco City Council, 2007-13; York County Commission, 2015-present

Civic experience: Maine Municipal Association Legislative Policy Committee and Strategy and Finance Committee; past member Dyer Library board of trustees

Donald Pilon

Don Pilon

Age: 66

Address: 1 Meadow Lane

Occupation: Real estate broker

Family: Married with one daughter and one granddaughter

Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of New England

Political experience: Four terms in Maine House of Representatives; Saco mayor, 2013-15

Civic experience: Sweetser board member; Engine board member; Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club


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Pilon, 66, was mayor for two years

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/30/saco-mayoral-race-pits-two-veterans-of-local-politics/

Is this cannabis B&B the start of New England pot tourism?

October 29th, 2017




AUBURN, Maine — There was nothing unusual about the check-in process at Maine Greenyards. There were, however, a few tell-tale signs that this was not like any other bed and breakfast I’d previously visited.

The first thing I noticed was the smell in the air, and it was decidedly not lavender potpourri. The heavy, fragrant aroma reminded me of the time my aunt joined a commune in Western Massachusetts and my family dropped by for a visit. I was 4 years old at the time, and I think I got high off the second hand purple haze.

That smell informed me that Mary Jane was a permanent guest at Maine Greenyards (slogan: The way leaf should be). If you’re not good with innuendo, I’m trying to tell you that this bed and breakfast is actually a bud and breakfast. It’s cannabis-themed lodging. I’m talking about pot, marijuana, Satan’s salad, sticky icky, or treefers. Whatever the kids are calling it these days.

One of the marijuana plants growing at Maine Greenyards bed and breakfast.

I convinced a friend to join me for a night at what I think is New England’s first official bud and breakfast. The owners of the inn, which is located in a 1950s mansion with an indoor pool and hot tub, are a very sweet couple who were busy

Article source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2017/10/26/welcome-maine-bud-and-breakfast-new-high-tourism/uZHKLsAUVkcfssrfUWp4xK/story.html

Live chat: Should Lewiston legalize marijuana possession for adults?

October 27th, 2017

Voters in Lewiston and South Portland go to the polls Nov. 4 to decide on a marijuana initiative that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana within city limits.

A yes vote would allow adults 21-years-old and older to possess an ounce of the drug. It does not say how they can legally obtain that ounce and possession and use would still be illegal across the state.

The biggest impact on November’s vote may be well into the future. Legal marijuana advocates say these votes are setting the table for a statewide vote on legal marijuana.

Proponents say it’s time to legalize marijuana for adult use and argue that the any problems will not be worse than those caused by legal alcohol or tobacco. In fact, they claim decriminalizing the drug for recreational use might put an end to a lucrative black market.

Foes argue that all legalization will do is make it easier for the youth of the state get ready access to marijuana. They also argue that we don’t need another legal intoxicant.

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/live-chat-lewiston-legalize-marijuana-possession-adults/

Live chat: Should Lewiston legalize marijuana possession for adults?

October 27th, 2017

Voters in Lewiston and South Portland go to the polls Nov. 4 to decide on a marijuana initiative that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana within city limits.

A yes vote would allow adults 21-years-old and older to possess an ounce of the drug. It does not say how they can legally obtain that ounce and possession and use would still be illegal across the state.

The biggest impact on November’s vote may be well into the future. Legal marijuana advocates say these votes are setting the table for a statewide vote on legal marijuana.

Proponents say it’s time to legalize marijuana for adult use and argue that the any problems will not be worse than those caused by legal alcohol or tobacco. In fact, they claim decriminalizing the drug for recreational use might put an end to a lucrative black market.

Foes argue that all legalization will do is make it easier for the youth of the state get ready access to marijuana. They also argue that we don’t need another legal intoxicant.

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/live-chat-lewiston-legalize-marijuana-possession-adults/

Farmington officials review recreational marijuana regs

October 27th, 2017

FARMINGTON — Selectmen reviewed the first draft of a proposed town ordinance on recreational marijuana businesses Tuesday.

The Planning Board reviewed the draft with Code Enforcement Officer J. Stevens Kaiser last week.

Town of Farmington Adult Use Marijuana Stores, Cultivation Facilities, Manufacturing Facilities and Testing Facilities Ordinance is a starting point for the town to work on. Nothing is set in stone, Kaiser said.

Kaiser anticipates the Planning and Zoning boards will work on the draft over the winter and could bring it back to selectmen for hearings and a potential vote at the March town meeting.  

Among the regulations, the draft considers where and how many potential stores and cultivation facilities the town will allow. 

The ordinance does not govern any aspects of medical marijuana use or sales because these are regulated by the state under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, he said.  

The draft does prohibit the sale of medical use and recreational use marijuana within the same premises.

Some highlights of the draft, which Kaiser noted for the board, include:

• No adult marijuana social clubs will be allowed within the town.

• Licenses/permits must be obtained from the state and the town. As a starting point for discussion, the draft limits the number to five town permits/licenses in each of the four categories: stores, cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities.

• Applicants with at least two years’ experience cultivating medical marijuana, who are registered with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and who are registered caregivers, will be given first priority

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/farmington-officials-review-recreational-marijuana-regs/

Sanford City Council incumbents tout exciting changes, but challengers differ

October 27th, 2017

Two longtime city councilors face challenges from political newcomers in the race for two Sanford City Council seats.

Councilors Joseph Hanslip and Maura Herlihy, who is also deputy mayor, are trying to keep seats they have held for multiple terms. Challengers Crystal Helmreich and Kari Zielke, who are both educators, want to bring new ideas and perspectives to the council.

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL

JOSEPH HANSLIP

Age: 56

Occupation: Retired police officer – injured in line of duty

Family: Single

Education: Graduated from high school; attended Nasson College in Springvale

Political experience: Sanford City Council since 2005; York County commissioner for eight years; held elected or appointed positions since age 18

Civic experience: Volunteer work on homelessness and poverty issues; Sanford Springvale Rotary Club member

CRYSTAL HELMREICH

Age: 59

Occupation: Special education teacher

Family: Married, two daughters

Education: Master’s degree in special education

Political experience: Past Sanford Town Meeting member

Civic experience: Active with Adam Cote for Governor campaign

MAURA HERLIHY

Age: 48

Occupation: Managing owner of Townhouse Properties

Family: Parents, three siblings and seven nieces and nephews

Education: Sanford High School; Mount Holyoke College

Political experience: Sanford City Council, 2005-09 and 2012-present; serves on several city committees

Civic experience: Sanford Mainers board member

KARI ZIELKE

Age: 32

Occupation: Educator

Family: Married, five children

Education: Bachelor’s degree in law; working on second degree in

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/26/sanford-city-council-incumbents-tout-exciting-changes-but-challengers-differ/

Brock seeks return to Kittery Town Council

October 26th, 2017

KITTERY POINT Matt Brock has spent his entire professional life fighting for the environment in the courtroom and through his public service.

Now he is looking to bring an environmental advocacy voice back to the Kittery Town Council, where he previously served from 2005 to 2007. He said he strives to set a stable course for Kitterys future with its main pillars being sustainable growth and environmental stewardship.

I bring a fresh perspective with new energy and I believe I possess unique qualities that draw people together to motivate them to fight to protect their communities, said Brock, of Kittery Point. Understanding we need growth and development but how to manage it will determine what the future of Kittery looks like. Town Council needs to take a lead in managing that growth.

Brock said if elected, he wants to facilitate the construction of more affordable and workforce housing and not give into, development pressures such as rushing to change the Foreside zoning code to allow for a larger inn to be constructed in the Foreside.

People who live in this community need to have the ability to buy a home here and there are people who are afraid theyll be priced out, so well have to look at our zoning and engage with developers to find ways to incentivize them building more affordable housing, said Brock. The town spent $7 million to pipe in sewer to the business park that has gone

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20171024/brock-seeks-return-to-kittery-town-council