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Maine Legislature’s Special Session Enters Third Day

June 22nd, 2018 by admin No comments »

A number of high-profile bills remain unresolved as the Maine Legislature is approaching the end of its three day special session.

Lawmakers sent several proposals to Gov. Paul LePage, including a $41 million spending bill to provide funding to help the elderly and disabled, as well as people suffering from opioid use disorders.

A $35 million bill to fund the implementation of Medicaid expansion has also passed, but it faces a likely veto by LePage.

Still awaiting final approval is a $200 million slate of bond proposals that could fund transportation, wastewater and infrastructure projects, in addition to facility upgrades at Maine’s higher education system.

Another proposed bill would release millions of dollars already budgeted for Maine’s public campaign finance system by fixing a budget typo.

There may be a vote on a bill that would ask voters if they want to repeal the recreational marijuana law they approved two years ago. That vote, if it happens, would trigger a separate vote on a sweeping overhaul of Maine’s medical marijuana program.

Article source: http://mainepublic.org/post/maine-legislatures-special-session-enters-third-day

Bangor head shop owner pleads guilty to pot-growing scheme …

June 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »
Gabor Degre | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
June 18, 2018 3:08 pm

The owner of a head shop and former medical marijuana smoking lounge in downtown Bangor pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to a marijuana conspiracy charge and admitted trying to hide cash proceeds from bank regulators.

Christopher Ruhlin, 49, of Holden, owner of Herbal Tea Tobacco and the former 13 Owls Club smoking lounge, located at 44 Main St., and his associate, Terrence Sawtelle, 49, of Bangor, were indicted on Sept. 14 by a federal grand jury on one count each of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Sawtelle is scheduled to plead guilty on June 28 in Bangor.

Both men remain free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Ruhlin, who has owned the shop since late 1997, also was indicted on two counts of maintaining a drug-involved place and seven counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid reporting deposits of $10,000 or more to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

On Monday, Ruhlin admitted to structuring three deposits of $9,000 cash each on May 28, 2013,

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/18/news/bangor/bangor-head-shop-owner-pleads-guilty-to-pot-growing-scheme/

Former cop makes new push to repeal Maine’s legal marijuana law

June 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »

Good morning from Augusta, where a potential attempt to repeal Maine’s recreational marijuana law has already sparked some pushback.

Nothing formal has happened yet but the possibility was being discussed Wednesday night by lawmakers and lobbyists at the State House as the Senate worked until nearly 11:30 p.m. Sen. Scott Cyrway, R-Benton, a retired police officer and one of the Legislature’s most outspoken opponents of legal marijuana, is attempting to breathe life into his bill to eventually repeal Maine’s pot law.

Cyrway’s bill would again ask voters whether they want legal marijuana in a November referendum because, he said this morning, the ramifications of legalized marijuana “is getting more serious than what people realize.” Cyrway said Republican Senate leadership backs his effort and is lobbying Democrats to allow votes on the bill today.

“Right now my leadership is trying to get it out but there’s been some pullback from the Democrats,” Cyrway said.

A sweeping medical marijuana bill which has been worked on for months is involved in negotiations, with the possibility that it could be blocked from enactment if the Senate holds it. That bill would make a number of changes, including increasing the number of dispensaries in Maine and overhauling the list of qualifying conditions and the number of patients caregivers can serve. Cyrway says that bill is a problem, too.

“There’s a lot of abuse from that,” he said.

House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, is opposed to Cyrway’s attempt, according to her spokeswoman, Mary Erin

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/link/former-cop-makes-new-push-to-repeal-maines-legal-marijuana-law/

Maine Credit Union League backs bill to protect legal cannabis from feds

June 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »

The Maine Credit Union League is supporting a bill introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate that would remove the threat of federal prosecution in Maine and other states that have legalized recreational and medical marijuana use.

The Credit Union Times reported that MCUL is one of four credit union leagues supporting the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018,” which is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Joining MCUL in supporting the bipartisan legislation are the Mountain West Credit Union Association, the Cooperative Credit Union Association and the Northwest Credit Union Association, the trade publication reported.

Legislation also was introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

Maine is one of 46 states having laws that permit marijuana or marijuana-based products for either medical or recreational use.

The Hill reported that Warren and Gardner introduced the bill in response to the Trump administration’s hardline stance opposing marijuana legalization, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing in January a rollback of an Obama-era policy that gave states freedom to manage recreational marijuan use.

Their bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to state that it no longer applies to entities (such as credit unions and banks) following state, territory or tribal laws “relating to the manufacturer, production, possession, distribution, administration or delivery of [marijuana].”

Why the credit union leagues support the bill

The Hill reported that Gardner criticized, in particular, laws that make it difficult for marijuana businesses because the substance

Article source: http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20180611/NEWS01/180619993/maine-credit-union-league-backs-bill-to-protect-legal-cannabis-from-feds

Maine Supreme Court: Workers’ Compensation Does Not Cover Medical Marijuana

June 20th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Maine’s Supreme Court handed down a ruling today that the state’s workers’ compensation system does not cover the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The ruling is yet another instance where federal prohibition is creating problems for states with legal cannabis programs.

Tuesday’s ruling stems from a workers’ compensation case involving an employee with the Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC. Gaetan H. Bourgoin suffered a back injury on the job with the company. Bourgoin then received a medical cannabis recommendation to treat the related back pain. An initial order required the company to pay for its employee’s medical marijuana. But the Supreme Court ultimately sided with the employer’s objections.

Maine Supreme Court Says Covering Medical Marijuana Forces Companies To Commit A Federal Crime

The conflict between federal and state drug laws has come to a head in Maine. And after a lengthy court battle, Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that companies are not required to reimburse employees for workers’ compensation claims involving medical marijuana.

Many state governments have pushed back against the looming threat of a federal crackdown on state-legal cannabis programs. But in Maine, the Supreme Court cited the federal Controlled Substances Act in its opinion on the case.

Essentially, The Maine Supreme Court ruled that federal law preempts state law. In this case, that means the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) preempts Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Act (MMUMA). In turn, requiring a company to pay for medical marijuana would be tantamount to requiring them

Article source: https://hightimes.com/news/maine-supreme-court-workers-compensation-does-not-cover-medical-marijuana/

Maine lawmakers approve $41 million spending package that includes funding for the disabled, the elderly and opioid …

June 20th, 2018 by admin No comments »

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature returned to work Tuesday, passing one of two major spending packages that would add about $41 million to the state’s current two-year budget, with much of the funding aimed at helping those with disabilities, the elderly and people grappling with opioid use disorders.

There was little partisan rancor on the first of what is expected to be several days of a special session in which lawmakers will try to complete work on several key unresolved bills. The Legislature adjourned May 2 amid gridlock between Democrats who wanted funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion and Republicans who wanted to slow voter-approved minimum wage increases.

House Democratic Leader Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Freeport, delivers a message to the Senate saying that the House is in session on the opening morning of a special legislative session on Tuesday at the Maine State House in in Augusta. Part of the opening day ceremonies is that the two legislative bodies send members as messengers to each other and the governor's office announcing that they've convened.


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Late Tuesday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage again introduced a bill to slow wage increases and decouple them from the Consumer Price Index. The Senate could vote on that bill Wednesday.

The $41 million spending bill combines several measures, including one intended to move 300 people off a state waiting list for services for the disabled at a rate of 50 people a month starting in October. Also included in L.D.

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/06/19/maine-legislature-gets-back-to-work-in-special-session-on-spending-bills/

Maine Legislature passes funding related to people with disabilities, opioid disorders, the elderly

June 19th, 2018 by admin No comments »

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature returned to work Tuesday, passing one of two major spending packages that would add about $41 million to the state’s current two-year budget, with much of the funding aimed at helping those with disabilities, the elderly and people grappling with opioid use disorders.

There was little partisan rancor on the first of what is expected to be several days of a special session in which lawmakers will try to complete work on several key unresolved bills. The Legislature adjourned May 2 amid gridlock between Democrats who wanted funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion and Republicans who wanted to slow voter-approved minimum wage increases.

House Democratic Leader Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Freeport, delivers a message to the Senate saying that the House is in session on the opening morning of a special legislative session on Tuesday at the Maine State House in in Augusta. Part of the opening day ceremonies is that the two legislative bodies send members as messengers to each other and the governor's office announcing that they've convened.


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Late Tuesday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage again introduced a bill to slow wage increases and decouple them from the Consumer Price Index. The Senate could vote on that bill Wednesday.

The $41 million spending bill combines several measures, including one intended to move 300 people off a state waiting list for services for the disabled at a rate of 50 people a month starting in October. Also included in L.D.

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/19/maine-legislature-passes-funding-related-to-people-with-disabilities-opioid-disorders-the-elderly/

Bangor head shop owner pleads guilty to pot-growing scheme

June 18th, 2018 by admin No comments »
Gabor Degre | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
June 18, 2018 3:08 pm

The owner of a head shop and former medical marijuana smoking lounge in downtown Bangor pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to a marijuana conspiracy charge and admitted trying to hide cash proceeds from bank regulators.

Christopher Ruhlin, 49, of Holden, owner of Herbal Tea Tobacco and the former 13 Owls Club smoking lounge, located at 44 Main St., and his associate, Terrence Sawtelle, 49, of Bangor, were indicted on Sept. 14 by a federal grand jury on one count each of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Sawtelle is scheduled to plead guilty on June 28 in Bangor.

Both men remain free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Ruhlin, who has owned the shop since late 1997, also was indicted on two counts of maintaining a drug-involved place and seven counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid reporting deposits of $10,000 or more to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

On Monday, Ruhlin admitted to structuring three deposits of $9,000 cash each on May 28, 2013,

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/18/news/bangor/bangor-head-shop-owner-pleads-guilty-to-pot-growing-scheme/

Cannabis businesses shut out of Maine’s energy-efficiency programs

June 18th, 2018 by admin No comments »

One of Maine’s most energy-intensive industries is being shut out of the state’s energy efficiency programs.

Efficiency Maine has decided that it is too risky to give its grants to cannabis businesses, even if they are state licensed, because they operate outside of federal law. That makes any cannabis business a potential federal target that could be forced to close before it can achieve the energy savings needed to justify Efficiency Maine’s investment, the trust’s board concluded.

“Don’t forget, marijuana may be legal here, but it’s still federally illegal,” Executive Director Michael Stoddard said. “I can’t tell my board that (U.S. Attorney General) Jeff Sessions isn’t going to shut them all down tomorrow. He’s got that right. He’s made it clear he’d like to. We can’t invest in a business that may not be around tomorrow.”

If not for the federal uncertainty, cannabis growers would be most likely to apply for commercial and industrial program grants, which are complex, tailor-made projects with their own engineering analysis meant to keep consumption and operating costs down for Maine’s largest energy users. The grants cover up to 50 percent of an energy project’s total cost, capped at $1 million.

The grants are primarily funded by ratepayers, who pay a little extra on their electricity bills with the understanding that the grants will reduce energy consumption, making it less likely that utilities will have to make costly upgrades to the power grid that would drive up everybody’s energy bill.

In fiscal year 2017, Efficiency Maine funded about $3 million

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/06/17/cannabis-businesses-shut-out-of-state-energy-efficiency-programs/