Archive for August, 2015

More research needed to inform Marijuana decisions

August 22nd, 2015

Marijuana is approved for medical use in 23 states, including Maine, but there is scant scientific evidence of its success in treating a range of conditions. That’s because marijuana research has long been tightly restricted by the federal government.

The legal marijuana market — both medical and recreational — is growing. But there is a dearth of evidence of the effectiveness of marijuana for medical purposes. Nor do we know the full extent of the dangers of recreational pot use.

Answers to these question will only come through research, which not only must be easier, but should be fast tracked so state policymakers and voters have better information as they consider increasingly common proposals to legalize marijuana.

In June, the Obama administration began to relax federal restrictions on marijuana research. It removed an extra layer of review by the Public Health Service that was required before any nongovernment funded research on medical marijuana could begin. This review — required before researchers could purchase marijuana — slowed down projects, including one examining the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

There is still only one approved provider of marijuana for medical research, the University of Mississippi. Until recently, the school was only permitted to grow 21 kilograms of marijuana a year. Last year, federal regulators raised that to 650 kilograms to meet scientific and research needs.

Despite these changes, it will take years for clinical trials to

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/08/20/opinion/editorials/more-research-needed-to-inform-marijuana-decisions/

Suspected getaway driver in attacks on 2 South Portland men pleads not guilty

August 22nd, 2015

A 19-year-old man accused of being the getaway driver in the attempted murder of two men at a South Portland recreational complex pleaded not guilty Thursday to five charges and was allowed to remain free on $30,000 cash bail.

John Albert Janums, formerly of Portland and now of Falmouth, was the last of four men to appear in court to face charges in the shooting of one man and stabbing of another. The attacks happened on March 11 in the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot on Gary L. Maietta Way in South Portland.

John Albert Janums, 19, of Falmouth, appeared in Cumberland County Court with his attorney George Hess Thursday, August 20, 2015, and pleaded not guilty on five charges including attempted murder stemming from an altercation on March 11 at the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot in South Portland that left a stabbing victim in critical condition.


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The other three men – Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland, and Noah Sibole-Little, 19, of Portland – were arrested shortly after the attack, which police said concerned a drug deal involving “a relatively small quantity of marijuana.”

Janums was identified by police much later than the others and was indicted this month by a Cumberland County grand jury on two counts of attempted murder and one count each of robbery, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault.

Janums, dressed in a dark suit,

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/20/fourth-suspect-in-south-portland-attempted-murder-pleads-not-guilty-at-court-appearance/

Bangor Police arrest man for stabbing – WLBZ

August 21st, 2015

Bangor stabbing suspect in court
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Article source: http://www.wlbz2.com/story/news/local/bangor/2015/08/21/police-bangor-capehart-acadia-place-stabbing/32101439/

Isolated Vanceboro looks inward after school closing

August 21st, 2015

VANCEBORO, Maine — Not much changes in this isolated, northern Washington County town of 130 residents on the border of New Brunswick, Canada. There always has been an international border post, a railroad, a river and, since 1926, a school.

But change is in the air, because the Vanceboro Elementary School closed its doors in June. Starting in September, the town’s nine youngest pupils will be driven 22 miles each way to the nearest elementary school in Topsfield.

Vanceboro hasn’t had a high school since 1967, so students leaving town for the day isn’t new. But families face adjusting to the adage often spoken in small towns across Maine: If you close the school, you lose the heart of the community.

At the eastern end of Maine’s two-lane Route 6, Vanceboro is at a turning point. The hardscrabble place with a median age of 58.5 is looking inward for the sake of its youngest residents. “The Railroaders” — nickname for the grade school pupils when there were enough for teams — are leaving town, too.

“It’s discouraging,” lifelong resident Jean Hogan said recently as the remote community contemplates its next steps.

At their annual town meeting last March, residents set aside $30,000 to recast the empty school building as a community center. But at the same time as plans are being made to cover heating and utilities costs through next March, the building is for sale.

One couple with summer ties to the area already has shown interest in the building, built in the ’70s. Locals

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/08/21/news/down-east/isolated-vanceboro-looks-inward-after-school-closing/

Oregon lawmaker, in Maine, predicts feds will let states set marijuana laws

August 21st, 2015

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, said he was still practically a “child legislator” when, in 1973, he joined other lawmakers voting to make Oregon the first state where marijuana possession earned the offender a civil citation rather than a criminal record and jail time.

Blumenauer was also among a smaller group of Oregon legislators who voted – unsuccessfully – to legalize possession of two marijuana plants for personal use.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., center, speaks about marijuana issues before a small crowd gathered at the Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., meets with individuals after speaking about marijuana at the Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland on Thursday.


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“I am told that if the 19 of us that voted for it were joined by the people who voted ‘no’ but smoked dope, Oregon would have been the first state to legalize adult use” of marijuana, Blumenauer joked Thursday as he talked in what Mainers refer to as “the original Portland” about his decades of work on marijuana issues.

It would be 41 years before Oregon voters finally legalized recreational use of marijuana, following similar votes in Colorado and Washington in 2012. With Maine voters potentially facing the same decision in November 2016, Blumenauer said “it is nothing short of astounding” to see the rapid changes in marijuana policy. The Portland Democrat also predicted that, within five years,”it will be game over” with the federal government stepping

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/20/oregon-lawmaker-says-in-5-years-feds-will-let-states-decide-how-to-deal-with-marijuana/

Suspected getaway driver in attacks on two South Portland men pleads not guilty

August 21st, 2015

A 19-year-old man accused of being the getaway driver in the attempted murder of two men at a South Portland recreational complex pleaded not guilty Thursday to five charges and was allowed to remain free on $30,000 cash bail.

John Albert Janums, formerly of Portland and now of Falmouth, was the last of four men to appear in court to face charges in the shooting of one man and stabbing of another. The attacks happened on March 11 in the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot on Gary L. Maietta Way in South Portland.

John Albert Janums, 19, of Falmouth, appeared in Cumberland County Court with his attorney George Hess Thursday, August 20, 2015, and pleaded not guilty on five charges including attempted murder stemming from an altercation on March 11 at the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot in South Portland that left a stabbing victim in critical condition.


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The other three men – Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland, and Noah Sibole-Little, 19, of Portland – were arrested shortly after the attack, which police said concerned a drug deal involving “a relatively small quantity of marijuana.”

Janums was identified by police much later than the others and was indicted this month by a Cumberland County grand jury on two counts of attempted murder and one count each of robbery, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault.

Janums, dressed in a dark

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/20/fourth-suspect-in-south-portland-attempted-murder-pleads-not-guilty-at-court-appearance/

Fourth suspect in South Portland attempted murder pleads not guilty at court …

August 20th, 2015

A 19-year-old man who is accused of being the getaway driver for three other suspects in the attempted murder of two men at a South Portland recreational complex pleaded not guilty on Thursday to five related charges and was allowed to remain free on $30,000 cash bail.

John Albert Janums, 19, formerly of Portland and now of Falmouth, was the last of the four men charged with shooting one man and stabbing another on March 11 at the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot on Gary L. Maietta Way in South Portland to appear in the Cumberland County Courthouse to face charges.

Justice Nancy Mills speaks to John Albert Janums, 19, of Falmouth, during his arraignment in Cumberland County Court Thursday, August 20, 2015, on five charges including attempted murder stemming from an altercation on March 11 at the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot in South Portland that left a stabbing victim in critical condition.


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The other three men – Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland, and Noah Sibole-Little, 19, of Portland – were arrested shortly after the attack, which police said was a drug deal involving “a relatively small quantity of marijuana.”

Janums was identified by police much later than the others and was charged by an indictment this month by a Cumberland County grand jury rather than by arrest on charges of two counts of attempted murder and one count each of robbery, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/20/fourth-suspect-in-south-portland-attempted-murder-pleads-not-guilty-at-court-appearance/

Old Town man arrested on meth charge

August 19th, 2015

OLD TOWN, Maine — A traffic stop on College Avenue early Thursday led to the arrest of a local man on a drug charge after police allegedly found methamphetamine in his car.

Patrick Pascal, 22, of Old Town was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, a Class C crime, according to Old Town police.

Pascal was stopped for allegedly speeding just after midnight. Officer John McEwen searched the vehicle because he reportedly smelled marijuana and Pascal did not have a medical marijuana card, according to a news release issued late Thursday by Capt. Lee Miller.

During the search, McEwen found a sunglasses case in the center console, in which he allegedly found about 8 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $1,600. Underneath the case, the officer found approximately $460 in cash, police said.

If convicted, Pascal faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/08/14/news/bangor/old-town-man-arrested-on-meth-charge/

Three men accused of attempted murder in South Portland appear in court

August 18th, 2015

Three men accused of attempted murder in connection with a shooting and stabbing at a South Portland recreational complex appeared in court Tuesday, two of them to enter pleas of not guilty, and the third to argue bail.

Essa Sayed, 18, and Noah Sibole-Little, 19, both of Portland, each pleaded not guilty to charges of elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault, robbery and two counts of attempted murder in their appearance in the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland.


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Justice Nancy Mills ordered both men held on bail at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland while their cases are pending. She set Sayed’s bail at $100,000 and Sibole-Little’s at $50,000.

The third man, Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, who had previously been arraigned on the same charges and pleaded not guilty, was in court to argue that his bail be reduced from $100,000. But that hearing was postponed to Aug. 27.

A fourth man, John Albert Janums, 19, of Portland, has also been indicted in the case on the same charges. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

The four are accused of shooting one man and stabbing another on March 11 at the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot on Gary L. Maietta Way in South Portland. The men were conducting a drug deal involving “a relatively small quantity of marijuana,” police say.

One victim, 19-year-old Ian Soule of South Portland, was shot and treated briefly at a hospital before being released. The other, 19-year-old Colin Harle of South Portland, was stabbed

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/18/three-men-accused-of-south-portland-attempted-murder-appear-in-court/

Three men accused of South Portland attempted murder appear in court

August 18th, 2015

Three men accused of attempted murder for a shooting and stabbing at a South Portland recreational complex appeared in court on Tuesday, two of them to enter pleas of not guilty, and the third to argue bail.

Essa Sayed, 18, and Noah Sibole-Little, 19, both of Portland, each pleaded not guilty to charges of elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault, robbery and two counts of attempted murder in their appearance in the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland.


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Justice Nancy Mills ordered both men held at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland while their cases are pending.

The third man, Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, had previously been arraigned on the same charges as the other men and pleaded not guilty, but he appeared in court to argue for his release on bail. The judge ordered him to remain jailed.

A fourth man, John Albert Janums, 19, of Portland, has also been indicted in the case on the same charges as the other men, but he did not appear in court on Tuesday.

All four men are accused of shooting and stabbing two people on March 11 at the Wainwright Recreation Complex parking lot on Gary L. Maietta Way in South Portland in what police called a drug deal involving “a relatively small quantity of marijuana.”

One victim, a 19-year-old from South Portland, was shot and was treated briefly at a hospital before being released. The other victim, an 18-year-old from South Portland, was stabbed and was hospitalized for a longer

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/18/three-men-accused-of-south-portland-attempted-murder-appear-in-court/