Announcement: Weed Delivery in Portland, Maine by Elite Harvest

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Maine restaurant to get lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing them: ‘It is more humane’

September 19th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A restaurant in Maine is experimenting with using marijuana to keep lobsters calm. The owner claims the process is 'more humane.'

Maine restaurant gets lobsters ‘high’ before killing them

A restaurant in Maine is experimenting with using marijuana to keep lobsters calm. The owner claims the process is ‘more humane.’

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine currently offers its lobsters steamed or boiled. But the owner is really hoping you’ll enjoy them baked out of their skulls.

Charlotte Gill, who opened Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor seven years ago, is experimenting with getting the lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing and cooking them, believing it to be more humane than the traditional methods.


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Amid protests, Portland council delays vote on moratorium for pot-related businesses

September 18th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A Washington State cannabis business has sunk a half-million dollars into building a new testing and processing lab in Portland.

On the outside, the Caddie Lane property looks like any other manufacturing startup, a no-frills, neat-as-a-pin building tucked away in a no-name industrial park off of a major city thoroughfare. Despite the grow operation inside, there is not a whiff of marijuana in the air. The only tipoff to what is going on inside is a sign on the door that bans cannabis smoking outside the building.

Ben Brooks, 19, of Windham fills out paperwork at the counter this month before making medical marijuana purchases at Ganja Candy Factory in Portland.

But the owners of the business, which goes under the name Xtracted New England, say they are on the verge of opening a top-notch, engineer-certified, explosion-proof operation at the location that will create 20 new jobs, the least of which will pay $15 an hour and the best of which will come with a six-figure salary. They’re just waiting on the final city permit.

“We aren’t here to cut corners,” one of Xtracted New England’s co-owners told the City Council during its meeting Monday night. “We are here to provide a high-quality product to the patients of Maine. We are providing a safe, secure and profitable atmosphere for employees, neighbors and the city of Portland. We’d love to continue to set the precedent for what extraction labs should be like.”

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Portland councilors delay decision on pot moratorium

September 18th, 2018 by admin No comments »

PORTLAND – The City Council voted Monday night to delay a vote on a proposed moratorium on new medical marijuana retail shops, extraction labs and test labs until Oct. 1.

At the urging of Mayor Ethan Strimling, the council opted to postpone its vote to have time to review documents about proposed and already approved marijuana businesses that city staff sent out Monday afternoon.

The moratorium requires seven votes to pass because Portland wants to apply it retroactively to July 9, the day state lawmakers approved a law that gives cities limited regulatory authority over medical caregiver retail shops.

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Knox County residents generally healthier than state average, except for high rate of Lyme disease – Courier

September 17th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Health care organizations will hold a series of public forums across the Midcoast to develop priorities on health needs.

The Knox County Community Health Coalition, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Midcoast Public Health Council, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital will hold these forums over the next several weeks.

“The purpose of these forums is to present key findings from the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment, learn from community members about what is important to them and begin to identify community health priorities for our communities,” according to a news release from MaineHealth, the parent corporation of the two local hospitals.

To register for one of these forums, go to or call 921-3950.

In Knox County, there will be a forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the St. George Town Office; 3 School St., and from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Rockland City Hall at 274 Pleasant St.

The report on the Maine Shared Community Needs Assessment includes the 2018 edition for Knox County.

That report includes 200 different indicators about the population, including demographic and health care statuses.

The six top statewide priorities since 2016 include cancer, chronic diseases, mental health, obesity and physical activity, nutrition and substance use.

The Knox County report issued this year shows that from 2014 through 2016, Knox County residents were less likely to miss work because of physical illness and less likely to miss work for mental health reasons. One

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Chamber names two new directors

September 17th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Belfast — The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce has added two new members to its board of directors: Eric Sanders and Kristine Wentworth Colson.

Sanders was elected to the chamber board after being named by Belfast City Council as a candidate for the board.

According to Executive Director Steve Ryan in a Sept. 17 press release, the city does not have an official seat on the board, but it has been a chamber tradition to have a city official as a director.

“It’s important for the chamber to be aligned with the goals of the city, and make sure that we work closely together for the benefit of Belfast and all of Waldo County,” Ryan said.

Colson is operating manager of the Wentworth Event Center in East Belfast. She has been closely involved with such chamber programs such the “Winter Whoopla” outdoor festival in February, according to the press release, and with BAY PRO, a new program of networking and professional development opportunities for young business people.

The chamber board of directors is responsible for overseeing the chamber as a nonprofit association, and assuring that it is well-run, while achieving its strategic goals. The chamber’s overall goal is to improve economic prosperity across Waldo County through networking, education and promotion of the region and its businesses.

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Warren house burns to the ground in early morning blaze – Courier

September 17th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Warren — Firefighters from six departments responded to a structure fire at 45 High St. just after midnight Sept. 12.

Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigator Mary McMasters said the cause of the fire is undetermined because of the extent of the damage.

She said the three-story structure, which burned to the ground, housed cars on the first floor, and a netting business on the second, but could not confirm what was on the third floor. However, Fire Chief Greg Andrews said it was a licensed marijuana-growing facility.

According to Warren firefighter Bill Lufkin, the roof of the structure was collapsing as the first responders were arriving.

Andrews said he was uncertain how many people were on the premises at the time the fire started, but he noted there were many bystanders present when he arrived at the scene. He acknowledged that the owner of the property, Kenneth Gray, was there, then an unidentified woman arrived.

“Things got a little bit toxic,” he said.

Nobody was hurt, although two of three dogs and 16 puppies perished in the blaze.

Warren firefighters stayed on the scene throughout most of the day to ensure any remaining embers were extinguished.

The wooden structure was approximately 300 feet long and 60 feet wide, and used to be a chicken house, before serving as a warehouse and manufacturing facility for the former Crowe Rope company, Andrews said.

The chief said because of the severe heat being thrown from the fire, the pumper truck was unable to pull into the dirt driveway.

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Belfast man dead, workers injured after Knox barn collapses

September 16th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Knox — A Belfast man was killed and two other people were injured when a barn collapsed around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning on Route 137 in Knox.

William Viles, 55, was trapped under debris when the roof collapsed, according to a press release from Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton. Viles died at the scene.

Another worker, Brandon Dodge, 29, of Belfast was taken to Waldo County General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Trafton said. Charles Haskins, 23, of Jackson sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Owner of Suydam Sons of Northport, William Magruder, also was present at the time but he was not injured, police said. Suydam Sons is the contractor dismantling the barn at 1060 Belfast Road, according to the press release.

The barn belongs to Ed Larrabee, who lives in a house next to the property, Trafton said at the scene Thursday morning.

Trafton said in a press release the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident because it involved a workplace fatality, which is standard procedure. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office remained at the scene to assist.

Fire Departments from Montville, Freedom, Brooks, Jackson, Thorndike and Unity all responded to the call as well as ambulances from Unity, Brooks and Liberty. Life Flight was initially requested but ultimately cancelled.



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Week in review: Maine incomes on the rise; lobstermen feel tariff’s pinch

September 16th, 2018 by admin No comments »


Portland approves new condo complex

A second, six-story condominium building along Franklin Street in Portland has been given the green light by city planners. The Planning Board voted Tuesday to approve Verdante at Lincoln Park. First proposed in February, the $13 million project is expected to have as many as 30 market-rate condos, retail space and a parking garage for 60 vehicles. The project at 56 Hampshire St. will be located next to the Luminato Condos, a six-story, 24-unit development that was completed and sold out in 2017. Both projects are being developed by the NewHeight Group. Read the story.

Nonprofit purchases former Serenity House

A nonprofit organization that operates residential programs for mentally ill clients is likely purchasing the former Serenity House, a long-running recovery home in downtown Portland that closed its program in July. Shalom House Inc., a Portland nonprofit, has entered into a contract to purchase the former Serenity House, on Mellen Street, with a closing expected this fall. Serenity House was one of the first recovery homes in Portland, but reimbursement issues led to its closure this summer, officials have said. Serenity House was taking in $350,000 in annual revenues from Medicaid, but expenses to operate the program totaled more than $500,000, officials with York County Shelter Programs, which operated Serenity House, told the Press Herald in July. An inflexible reimbursement model through Medicaid made it too difficult to continue, officials said. The property fits into the mission of the nonprofit to serve

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Sergeant that exchanged fire in incident testifies on Day 2 of Scott Bubar trial

September 14th, 2018 by admin No comments »

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) – It was Day 2 of the Scott Bubar trial Thursday.

Bubar is charged with aggravated attempted murder of a Kennebec County Sheriff Sergeant in a police-involved shooting in May of last year.

Sergeant Jacob Pierce testified he exchanged gunfire with someone in the Bubar home and that he heard a man say, “I will (expletive) shoot you. Get off my property,” when he approached the residence.

He also said he heard someone inside the home say, “Let’s go out in a blaze of glory.”

Pierce says he returned 3-5 rounds two separate times after being shot at from the Bubar home.

Maine’s Chief Medical Examiner testified about what he found in his autopsy of Scott’s father, Roger Bubar, who was killed in the incident.

He said Roger Bubar had three bullet wounds and had alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and other substances in his system.

The trial continues Friday morning.

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