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August 5th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Although it is now legal to possess small amounts of marijuana, selectmen in the Kennebunks hope to snuff out any dreams locals may have of selling the stuff commercially in their towns.

At a July 18 workshop, Kennebunk selectmen agreed to work on an ordinance to ban growing and testing marijuana for commercial purposes, as well as the manufacture of products containing the product. Also to get the nix are retail stores and so-called marijuana social clubs.

Although the state legislature has recently pitched a 20 percent tax on the marijuana sales — including a 10 percent excise tax and a 10 percent sales tax — with 5 percent of the total haul funneled to towns that allow commercial harvesting and/or dedicated retail shops, selectmen said the carrot proffered was too small to move their collective donkey cart.

“I don’t care what the taxes are, the money just isn’t worth it,” Selectman Ed Karytko said. “The consequences of what could happen aren’t worth any amount we might get paid.”

In large part, selectmen predicted any tax revenue derived from marijuana will pale in comparison to increased infrastructure costs from encouraging its sale in local shops.

“My fear is that we are going to be facing ambulance and police costs and other types of things,” board chairman Dick Morin said.

Others at the workshop said they simply don’t like the idea of a head shop on Main Street, in the town’s historic village.

“To think that we’re going to be skating at the Waterhouse Center and my

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Retail marijuana bans going to voters

August 5th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Although it is now legal to possess small amounts of marijuana, selectmen in the Kennebunks hope to snuff out any dreams locals may have of selling the stuff commercially in their towns.

At a July 18 workshop, Kennebunk selectmen agreed to work on an ordinance to ban growing and testing marijuana for commercial purposes, as well as the manufacture of products containing the product. Also to get the nix are retail stores and so-called marijuana social clubs.

Although the state legislature has recently pitched a 20 percent tax on the marijuana sales — including a 10 percent excise tax and a 10 percent sales tax — with 5 percent of the total haul funneled to towns that allow commercial harvesting and/or dedicated retail shops, selectmen said the carrot proffered was too small to move their collective donkey cart.

“I don’t care what the taxes are, the money just isn’t worth it,” Selectman Ed Karytko said. “The consequences of what could happen aren’t worth any amount we might get paid.”

In large part, selectmen predicted any tax revenue derived from marijuana will pale in comparison to increased infrastructure costs from encouraging its sale in local shops.

“My fear is that we are going to be facing ambulance and police costs and other types of things,” board chairman Dick Morin said.

Others at the workshop said they simply don’t like the idea of a head shop on Main Street, in the town’s historic village.

“To think that we’re going to be skating at the Waterhouse Center and my

Article source: http://post.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-08-04/Front_Page/Retail_marijuana_bans_going_to_voters.html

Maine ‘bud and breakfast’ wants to offer pot vacations, but some locals don’t approve

August 4th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Next Wednesday, Aug. 9, voters at a special Town Meeting in Cornish will decide whether to prohibit all manner of retail marijuana — stores, social clubs, cultivation, testing and manufacturing in town.

The following Tuesday, Aug. 15, barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Laughing Grass Inn, where paying guests may choose to accept gifts of complimentary edible marijuana products and take part in a free happy hour, will open for a three week stint.

The special event is scheduled to wind down Sept. 7, according to the Laughing Grass Inn Facebook page.

The Laughing Grass Inn, the brainchild of Oxford County resident Trinity Madison, is poised to open at the Cornish Inn, a longtime lodging establishment at the edge of Cornish’s picturesque historic downtown district. The 16-room inn at 2 High Road is owned by Richard DeCourcey. Madison said she is leasing the inn for the stint and that it already has a licensed kitchen and is appropriately-zoned.

“With each paid night, this bud and breakfast serves you a top notch breakfast that can be cannabis infused to your desired (milligram) and a wake and bake bowl,” according to the Laughing Grass Inn website. “We have an amazing complimentary 420 happy hour with both edibles and a bud bar all at no charge.”

The special Town Meeting — set for 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Cornish Fire Station — and the Laughing Grass Inn event appear to be on parallel paths.

“I’m concerned about the town as a whole,” said Diann Perkins, who authored the petition

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/03/business/maine-bud-and-breakfast-wants-to-offer-pot-vacations-but-some-locals-dont-approve/?ref=latest

Blue Hill retail marijuana gets first public meeting

August 4th, 2017 by admin No comments »

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Anne Berleant

Blue Hill Selectmen will hold a public meeting on August 10 on four proposed ordinances prohibiting retail marijuana, for stores, which also covers social clubs; testing facilities; cultivation; and manufacturing facilities. Conduct regarding medical marijuana, already legal in Maine, is expressly excepted from the prohibitions.

A town moratorium on retail marijuana expires on December 31. Selectmen have said that holding a vote on prohibiting retail marijuana before then will allow selectmen time to craft regulations and new ordinances if any or all of the prohibitions are voted down.

Cultivating marijuana for personal use, within a prescribed number of plants, and possession of marijuana up to 2.5 ounces is already legal for adults over 21 under the Marijuana Legalization Act, approved by Maine voters last November.

It is the recreational retail operations that are being addressed at the state and local level. A statewide moratorium is in effect until February 1, giving time for regulatory framework to be created. Whether the state will meet that deadline is unknown.

The proposed ordinances are available at townofbluehillmaine.org.

Public meeting on prohibiting retail marijuana
August 10, 6:30 p.m., town hall

Article source: http://weeklypacket.com/news/2017/aug/4/blue-hill-retail-marijuana-gets-first-public-meeti/

Maine ‘bud and breakfast’ wants to offer pot vacations, but some …

August 3rd, 2017 by admin No comments »

Next Wednesday, Aug. 9, voters at a special Town Meeting in Cornish will decide whether to prohibit all manner of retail marijuana — stores, social clubs, cultivation, testing and manufacturing in town.

The following Tuesday, Aug. 15, barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Laughing Grass Inn, where paying guests may choose to accept gifts of complimentary edible marijuana products and take part in a free happy hour, will open for a three week stint.

The special event is scheduled to wind down Sept. 7, according to the Laughing Grass Inn Facebook page.

The Laughing Grass Inn, the brainchild of Oxford County resident Trinity Madison, is poised to open at the Cornish Inn, a longtime lodging establishment at the edge of Cornish’s picturesque historic downtown district. The 16-room inn at 2 High Road is owned by Richard DeCourcey. Madison said she is leasing the inn for the stint and that it already has a licensed kitchen and is appropriately-zoned.

“With each paid night, this bud and breakfast serves you a top notch breakfast that can be cannabis infused to your desired (milligram) and a wake and bake bowl,” according to the Laughing Grass Inn website. “We have an amazing complimentary 420 happy hour with both edibles and a bud bar all at no charge.”

The special Town Meeting — set for 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Cornish Fire Station — and the Laughing Grass Inn event appear to be on parallel paths.

“I’m concerned about the town as a whole,” said Diann Perkins, who authored the petition

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/03/business/maine-bud-and-breakfast-wants-to-offer-pot-vacations-but-some-locals-dont-approve/?ref=mostReadBox

Cape Elizabeth Police Beat: Aug. 4

August 3rd, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

7/27 at 10:35 p.m. Matthew Macey, 22, of Woodcrest Road, was arrested on Mitchell Road by Sgt. Eric Fay on charges of operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 

Summonses

7/26, no time listed. A 16-year-old male, no address listed, of Cape Elizabeth was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Officer Aaron Webster on a charge of possession of marijuana.

7/27 at 9:33 a.m. Paola Laboa, no address listed, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Spurwink Avenue by Sgt. Kevin Kennedy on a charge of operating an uninspected vehicle. 

7/30, no time listed. A 17-year-old female, no address listed, of Cape Elizabeth was issued a summons at an undisclosed location by Detective Mark Dorval on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol.  

Fire calls

7/25 at 11:52 p.m. Alarm call on Ocean House Road. 

7/26 at 5:02 a.m. Carbon monoxide leak on Starboard Drive. 

7/27 at 9:40 a.m. Alarm call on Prout Place.

7/27 at 2:14 p.m. Cooking fire on Spurwink Avenue. 

7/28 at 8:29 a.m. Alarm call on Lighthouse Point Road. 

7/28 at 1:02 p.m. Alarm call on Trundy Road. 

7/28 at 5:04 p.m. Cooking fire on Abaco Drive. 

Sounds like a problem

8/1, no time listed. Officer Darin Estes met with a public works staffer regarding damage to the Fort Williams antique fog horn. 

EMS

Cape Elizabeth emergency medical services responded to 14 calls from July 25 to Aug. 1.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/cape-elizabeth-police-beat-aug-4-2/

South Portland Police Beat: Aug. 4 – The Forecaster

August 3rd, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

7/15 at 4:51 p.m. Thomas Guth, 49, of West Bath, was arrested on Thornton Avenue by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/16 at 1:07 a.m. Bridget M. Arey, 26, of Gorham was arrested on James Baka Drive by Sgt. Kevin Gerrish on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/16 at 8:11 a.m. Ibrahim H. Mohamed, 23, of Portland was arrested on Main Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license, operating an unregistered vehicle, misusing a license and aggravated forgery.

7/17 at 1:32 a.m. Michael P. Robichaud, 34, of South Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Road by Officer Kevin Theriault on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of violating conditions of release. 

7/18 at 9:45 a.m. Tressa L. Sprague, 38, of Steep Falls, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Philip Longanecker on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and operating an unregistered vehicle. 

7/18 at 5:07 p.m. Marc Blanco, 35, of South Portland, was arrested on School Street by Officer Ryan Le on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

7/19 at 6:56 p.m. Isaiah Mokeme, 21, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Shane Stephenson on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and violating conditions of release.

7/19 at 11:51 p.m. Kraig Pereira, 38, no address listed, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Jacob LaChance on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and refusing to submit to arrest or

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-aug-4-2/

South Portland Police Beat: Aug. 4

August 3rd, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

7/15 at 4:51 p.m. Thomas Guth, 49, of West Bath, was arrested on Thornton Avenue by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/16 at 1:07 a.m. Bridget M. Arey, 26, of Gorham was arrested on James Baka Drive by Sgt. Kevin Gerrish on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/16 at 8:11 a.m. Ibrahim H. Mohamed, 23, of Portland was arrested on Main Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license, operating an unregistered vehicle, misusing a license and aggravated forgery.

7/17 at 1:32 a.m. Michael P. Robichaud, 34, of South Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Road by Officer Kevin Theriault on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of violating conditions of release. 

7/18 at 9:45 a.m. Tressa L. Sprague, 38, of Steep Falls, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Philip Longanecker on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and operating an unregistered vehicle. 

7/18 at 5:07 p.m. Marc Blanco, 35, of South Portland, was arrested on School Street by Officer Ryan Le on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

7/19 at 6:56 p.m. Isaiah Mokeme, 21, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Shane Stephenson on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and violating conditions of release.

7/19 at 11:51 p.m. Kraig Pereira, 38, no address listed, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Jacob LaChance on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and refusing to submit to arrest or

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-aug-4-2/

Maine Lawmakers Head to Colorado for Pot Tips

August 1st, 2017 by admin No comments »

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Maine lawmakers to reconsider contested bills

August 1st, 2017 by admin No comments »

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers will return to the State House on Wednesday to take up anticipated vetoes of bills dealing with cellphones and cigarettes as well as to try again on bond measures that have divided Republicans.

Legislative leaders are hoping Wednesday is the final official gathering of a 2017 legislative session that was supposed to wrap up nearly a month and a half ago. That doesn’t mean lawmakers’ work for the year is done, however. The Legislature may come back for a special session in the fall devoted largely to marijuana legalization as the state gears up to begin regulating commercial cannabis growers and licensing the storefronts hoping to begin selling pot products next year.

Arguably the highest-profile veto from Gov. Paul LePage involves the latest attempts to tweak the “net metering” policy used by Mainers with solar panels on their homes. But lawmakers are also expected to reconsider bills that would prohibit drivers from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel and increase the legal age to purchase tobacco in Maine from 18 to 21.

And there are a handful of other controversial topics that could come up during Wednesday’s session.

HAND-HELD VS. HANDS-FREE

Last month, lawmakers voted to add Maine to the 14 states that prohibit drivers from talking on a hand-held cellphone while operating a vehicle. Drivers would still be able to talk via hands-free devices under the bill, L.D. 1089, and could use a hand-held phone to contact emergency services. But those caught violating the law would face a $75 fine for

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/01/maine-lawmakers-to-reconsider-contested-bills/