Arundel residents support ordinance changes

January 13th, 2018 by admin No comments »

ARUNDEL The town of Arundel held a special town meeting on Monday, Jan. 8 to vote on four ordinance changes concerning pet day care facilities, retail marijuana land uses, land use application fees, and landscaping and buffering.

The meeting took place in the Mildred L. Day School library and was at standing room only, with 44 residents voting. Thomas Danylik, Arundel Board of Selectman Chairman, was chosen as moderator for the special town meeting.

The first ordinance residents voted on came by petition from resident Kristin Woodward, who has been licensed by the state of Maine to run a dog day care facility, but has not yet received Planning Board approval. The Planning Board did not recommend adoption of the ordinance.

Town Planner Tad Redway stated that the Planning Board has not yet received a full application from Woodward. Woodward has stated in the past that she faced progressive roadblocks from the board in the application process.

Two years Ive been at this, thats why I did the petition, Woodward said Monday.

Amendments to the ordinance include adding a section to the Performance Standards for Pet Day Care Facilities stating, Town Rules and Regulations shall follow closely with those of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Animal Welfare Program and Certification Rules for Dog Day Cares in Maine and owners/operators must show proof of a satisfactory State inspection.

Multiple residents expressed their desire to do whatever necessary to encourage new

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180111/arundel-residents-support-ordinance-changes

Lawmakers Consider Again Extending Maine Pot Sales Ban

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South Thomaston teen arrested for manslaughter – Courier

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South Thomaston — A 19-year-old South Thomaston woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, and charged with manslaughter in connection with a car crash last year that killed a young man.

Kelsey R. Campbell was charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence and operating beyond license condition or restriction.

Campbell was arrested on a warrant obtained by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. An affidavit filed in Knox County Unified Court by Detective Justin Twitchell detailed the evidence leading to the charges.

Killed in the crash was 21-year-old Zachary Elwell of St. George.

The affidavit states that Campbell had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 — more than twice the limit at which a person is considered under the influence in Maine.

In addition, two witnesses reported that a 2004 Subaru Outback passed them on Route 131 in South Thomaston at a high rate of speed on the evening of May 25, 2017. One of the motorists estimated that the vehicle was traveling 85 miles per hour in the 50-mile-per-hour zone.

That motorist said after the vehicle passed him, he saw smoke and came upon the crash.

Another motorist said she saw a woman driving the car, laughing as the vehicle passed at a high rate of speed.

Police said the vehicle went off the road, struck a rock wall and several trees and landed on its roof. Elwell was thrown from the vehicle and died of head trauma.

Campbell told officers that Elwell had jumped from the rear passenger seat to the front passenger seat, but

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Lawmakers propose new panel to integrate Maine’s medical, recreational marijuana programs

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State lawmakers want a proposed advisory commission to consider ways to standardize, coordinate and integrate Maine’s medical and adult-use marijuana programs.

The committee tasked with overhauling the Marijuana Legalization Act hopes this will satisfy Gov. Paul LePage’s concerns about potential inconsistencies in the tax rate and regulatory structure of this new market, which voters approved at referendum in 2016; and the existing state medical program, which has been around since 1999 and was fully implemented in 2009, said Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the committee’s Senate chairman.

“We want to make sure the two markets are as coordinated and as consistent as they can possibly be in areas where consistency is warranted,” Katz said after a Friday committee meeting. “The most important thing we did today is to charge the advisory committee we’re creating to look for ways to coordinate these programs, especially in areas like testing, packaging and labeling. That was a real step in trying to satisfy some of the governor’s concerns.”

The inconsistency between the medical and adult-use marijuana programs is just one of the reasons LePage cited last November for refusing to sign the marijuana committee’s first implementation bill. Others included the obvious conflict with federal law, which still considers marijuana illegal and in the same category as heroin or cocaine, unrealistic implementation deadlines and the potential impact on traffic safety, violent crime and youth addiction.

This draft adult-use bill calls for creating a Marijuana Advisory Commission that would review the laws and rules of the adult-use and medical marijuana industries

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/12/lawmakers-want-panel-to-integrate-medical-recreational-pot-programs/

4 Maine teenagers charged with trafficking pot-laced Jolly Ranchers

January 12th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Four teenagers have been charged with aggravated drug trafficking after pot-laced Jolly Ranchers were distributed at Ellsworth High School.

Police said 19-year-old Adam Bradshaw, of Ellsworth, bought the candies at a medical marijuana dispensary and gave them to three current Ellsworth High School students. Their names are being withheld because they are minors.

Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier says he fears this will become more commonplace when retail marijuana stores open up.

“Where the challenge really comes into play for us in law enforcement is the identification and the potential prosecution of these particular items,” Moshier said. “You know, if you look at these candies that were taken from the students at the high school, and had them on a table next to a whole bunch of other similar hard candies, there’s no way to identify those that are laced with marijuana.”

“We place the highest priority on the safety and security of our students and staff. The biggest concern for me is that something like this actually happened, where students felt comfortable bringing this substance into the school,” said Dan Higgins, Ellsworth School Department Superintendent. “We take that very seriously and we are issuing, and have issued, disciplinary consequences that are consistent with our policy.”

Although the product was purchased legally, when transferred to a juvenile it constitutes drug trafficking.

Moshier said these are serious felony charges and hopes to send a message to the community this won’t be tolerated in schools.

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It looks like Maine will have to wait even longer for store-bought weed

January 12th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers again appear headed toward delaying the implementation of a sales, taxation and regulatory system for recreational marijuana, which was approved by Maine voters 14 months ago. Here’s your soundtrack.

There’s been little question that it’s too late for retail pot sales to happen by next month, as a moratorium bill enacted by the Legislature last year ordered. As we’ve reported before, it’s likely the Legislature will vote to delay that, and soon. Advocates of legal pot, along with some groups that oppose it, have agreed to a compromise, according to Maine Public. There’s still lots of debate and votes due before a decision but the delay could be until May.

The path forward is uncertain. Republican Gov. Paul LePage threw up a roadblock to an omnibus bill with a veto last year and hasn’t said publicly what iteration of the bill he’ll support, if any. After saying before the referendum that he would support the will of the voters on this issue, LePage has changed course and opposes the concept. LePage is likely to cite recent developments at the federal level — namely the Department of Justice issuing a memo last week rescinding a relaxed Obama-era stance on marijuana — as a reason to put the brakes on the law in Maine.

But Maine’s federal attorney said Tuesday he’s not interested in cracking down on pot. U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank told the BDN his office will focus on “hard

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It’s official: No pot stores in Standish – Keep Me Current

January 12th, 2018 by admin No comments »
Standish Town Councilors Michael Delcourt, far left, and Peter Starostecki, far right, had a heated exchange for the second council meeting in a row while discussing retail marijuana. 

STANDISH — The Town Council has banned retail marijuana establishments and social clubs in Standish, but not without opposition and friction among the group. 

The council voted 5-2 on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to approve an ordinance banning all retail marijuana activity in the town.

“We don’t need dope peddlers in Standish,” said Councilor Michael Delcourt.

Council Chairwoman Kimberly Pomerlea said she struggled with her decision to support the prohibition of retail marijuana in town, particularly because of possible economic development opportunities. 

“I really don’t care what you people do: you can grow it, you can smoke it, I don’t care. You can use it medically, I have no opinion on that at all,” Pomerleau said. “I just don’t think we’re ready for (retail marijuana), I really don’t.” 

The two dissenting votes came from Councilor Isabel Higgins, who chairs the council’s ordinance subcommittee, and Councilor Peter Starostecki. 

“Meetings like tonight are the reason that I ran for the council, because I was in the audience, and the majority of the people in the audience wanted things done one way and the council voted the other,” Higgins said. “And it aggravated the heck out of me. So here I am. Now I’m aggravated on this side of the table.” 

Nearly all of the members of the public who spoke Tuesday night were opposed

Article source: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/its-official-no-pot-stores-in-standish/

It’s official: No pot stores in Standish

January 12th, 2018 by admin No comments »
Standish Town Councilors Michael Delcourt, far left, and Peter Starostecki, far right, had a heated exchange for the second council meeting in a row while discussing retail marijuana. 

STANDISH — The Town Council has banned retail marijuana establishments and social clubs in Standish, but not without opposition and friction among the group. 

The council voted 5-2 on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to approve an ordinance banning all retail marijuana activity in the town.

“We don’t need dope peddlers in Standish,” said Councilor Michael Delcourt.

Council Chairwoman Kimberly Pomerlea said she struggled with her decision to support the prohibition of retail marijuana in town, particularly because of possible economic development opportunities. 

“I really don’t care what you people do: you can grow it, you can smoke it, I don’t care. You can use it medically, I have no opinion on that at all,” Pomerleau said. “I just don’t think we’re ready for (retail marijuana), I really don’t.” 

The two dissenting votes came from Councilor Isabel Higgins, who chairs the council’s ordinance subcommittee, and Councilor Peter Starostecki. 

“Meetings like tonight are the reason that I ran for the council, because I was in the audience, and the majority of the people in the audience wanted things done one way and the council voted the other,” Higgins said. “And it aggravated the heck out of me. So here I am. Now I’m aggravated on this side of the table.” 

Nearly all of the members of the public who spoke Tuesday night were opposed

Article source: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/its-official-no-pot-stores-in-standish/

Maine lawmakers trying to rein in large medical marijuana growers

January 11th, 2018 by admin No comments »
Erica Haywood, a medical marijuana caregiver from Farmington, testifies at Wednesday’s hearing on medical marijuana bills before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. (Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal)

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers want to overhaul Maine’s medical marijuana caregiver program.

On Wednesday, the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee held hearings on seven new medical cannabis bills, ranging from a plan to tax adult-use cannabis to pay for medical cannabis testing to a bill that would allow opioid addicts to qualify for medical cannabis certification.

Over and over again, lawmakers and even some caregivers admitted the network that was once based on a neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy had exploded in size and scale, warranting a new way to license and regulate an increasingly sophisticated industry.

Some lawmakers, like Rep. Paul Chace of Durham, want to crack down on caregivers, allowing them to treat only five patients a month and requiring caregivers to sell to patients in their home or at their grow, outlawing retail shops, to clean up what he calls “the wild, wild West.”

“I’ve lived this life of receiving drugs, being responsible for the patients who take drugs, and I’ve got rules, a board of pharmacy,” said Chace, a pharmacist by trade. “But this program, I hate to say it, but it’s referred to as the wild, wild West, and we just can’t have that.”

The state’s medical law currently allows licensed caregivers to serve no more than five patients at any one time. But

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/maine-lawmakers-trying-to-rein-in-large-medical-marijuana-growers/

Federal waffling on pot creates state headaches

January 11th, 2018 by admin No comments »

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