Archive for May, 2016

Group intensifies effort to defeat marijuana legalization in Maine

May 31st, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine — A new coalition aimed at defeating a November ballot question that will ask Maine voters to make marijuana legal for recreational use is growing, according to a release from a coalition leader Tuesday.

Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities includes parents, health experts, clergy and police, said Scott Gagnon, the coalition’s spokesman and chairman of Smart Approaches To Marijuana, which previously worked to successfully defeat a Lewiston ballot question to legalize marijuana in that city.

“This initiative to legalize marijuana poses significant threats to our youth and communities,” Gagnon said in a prepared statement. “The marijuana industry has crafted an initiative that would see shops opened in neighborhoods all over Maine, selling potent pot gummy bears and cookies, and other highly addictive and dangerous products. These products have led to huge increases in (emergency room) admissions in Colorado, including admissions of preschool-aged children.”

Gagnon said there are no penalties, criminal or otherwise, in the initiative for selling or furnishing marijuana to minors, and no penalties for adults who provide a place for minors to consume marijuana.

But supporters of the ballot question, including David Boyer, spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said current law already prohibits the sale of marijuana to minors.

“It’s already illegal, that’s why we didn’t put it in there — it’s going to remain illegal,” Boyer said.

Boyer also said Gagnon’s claims that emergency room visits in Colorado have spiked since that state legalized recreational marijuana are misleading.

“The study can’t peg marijuana as the cause of

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Belfast police blotter

May 31st, 2016

Belfast — Law enforcement officials with Belfast Police Department reported the following recent activity:

May 30

Dakota D. Hustus, 18, of Morrill, violation of a learner’s permit.

May 29

Geoffrey R. Bird, 72, of Belfast, failure to register motor vehicle; inspection sticker violation; no proof of insurance.

Brandon M. Porter, 18, of Belfast, inspection sticker violation.

Brian Fogg, 26, of Belfast, possession of a usable amount of marijuana; operating under the influence; leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

May 27

Valerie Fargo, 44, of Belfast, failure to give notice of accident by quickest means; operating with expired license.

Benjamin Morgan, 26, arrested on a warrant for unpaid fine.

May 26

Randy S. Fairbrother, 35, of Prospect, improper plates/illegal attachment of registration plates.

May 23

William Snow, 37, of Belfast, violating conditions of release.

Apolina G. Aguirre, 26, of Searsport, arrested for disorderly conduct; criminal trespass.

Richard W. Garland, 69, of Milo, inspection sticker violation.

May 22

Rebecca L. Anderson, 31, of Warren, operating motor vehicle with expired license.

Readers are reminded that an arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.


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York, Maine police log: May 17-22

May 30th, 2016

Posted May. 30, 2016 at 11:18 AM

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Senate District 27: Candidates have ideas for tackling state’s drug crisis

May 30th, 2016

Two state representatives and a rheumatologist from Peaks Island are fighting for the Democratic nomination to represent part of Portland in the Maine Senate.

Rep. Ben Chipman, Rep. Diane Russell and Dr. Chuck Radis will compete in the June 14 primary for Senate District 27, which covers the eastern half of the city and its islands. The winner will be considered a shoo-in to win the general election against Republican Mark Lockman in November, because of the party’s dominance in the city, where there are 26,000 registered Democrats and 6,900 Republicans.

meet the cANDIDATES

Ben Chipman
Age: 40
Address: 5 Mayo St., Portland
Family: Single
Education: University of Maine, 1997 graduate
Job: Consultant, property manager
Political experience: State representative, 2010-present; Portland Charter Commission, 2009-2010; Legislative aide, 2002-2006
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Dr. Chuck Radis
Age: 63
Address: 334 Island Ave., Peaks Island
Family: Wife, Sandi, and two daughters, Catherine and Molly
Education: Bates College; Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; University of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian Medical Center, fellowship in rheumatology
Job: Physician
Political experience: None
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Diane Russell
Age: 39
Address: 128R North St., Portland
Family: Single
Education: University of Southern Maine, bachelor’s degree in media studies
Job: Public relations
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, eight years, 2008-2016
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The seat is being vacated by Democrat Justin Alfond, the former Senate president and current Senate minority leader, who cannot run again because of term limits.

Russell is also term-limited and cannot run for re-election

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Senate District 28: Three veteran politicians lay out different priorities

May 30th, 2016

Three seasoned politicians are vying to fill a vacant seat representing parts of Portland and Westbrook in the Maine Senate.

State Rep. Mark Dion, former state Rep. Ann Peoples and longtime Portland City Councilor Jill Duson are hoping to earn the Democratic nomination in the June 14 primary to replace Sen. Anne Haskell, who is retiring from politics, in District 28. The winner will run against Republican Karen Usher of Westbrook in November with a significant advantage in this liberal-leaning district.

Jill DusonJill Duson

Ann PeoplesAnn Peoples

Mark DionMark Dion

meet the cANDIDATES

Mark N. Dion

Age: 61

Address: 45 Allison Ave., Portland

Family: Wife, Cheryl, and two adult daughters, Ashley and Brittany

Education: B.A. in criminology, University of Southern Maine; Master’s in human services administration, Antioch New England Graduate School; Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government, JFK School of Government, Harvard University; Juris Doctor, University of Maine School of Law

Job: Attorney

Political experience: Cumberland County sheriff, three terms; state representative, House District 43, three terms

Campaign Web info: Mark Dion for State Senate on Facebook

 Jill Christine Duson

Age: 62

Address: 101 Pennell Ave., Portland

Family: Son, Nathan, 24; daughter, Tai, 37; grandsons, Micah and Roman

Education: Juris Doctor, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Antioch College

Job: Retired compliance manager for the Maine Human Rights Commission

Political experience: Portland School Committee, member and chair, three-year term; Portland City Council, at-large councilor, 14 years, and mayor, two terms

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Ann Peoples

Age: 69

Address: 22 Garfield St., Westbrook

Family: Husband, Patrick, five

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Officials mull regs for growing medicinal pot – Biddeford – Saco

May 27th, 2016

BIDDEFORD – At a joint workshop Monday, May 21, the city council and planning board discussed whether to regulate non-residential marijuana growing operations allowed under the state’s medical marijuana laws.

According to the statute, any person who has been granted permission by a doctor to use medical marijuana may designate a caregiver responsible for growing and maintaining their marijuana supply. A caregiver can provide marijuana for up to five patients, growing up to six mature plants at a time for each patient.

City Solicitor Keith Jacques said more caregivers are seeking to share space together to share costs and to grow plants outside of their homes.

“They can share some of those security expenses,” Jacques said. “As more caregivers are being together, it starts to look and smell a little more like a dispensary.”

City Manager Jim Bennett said he would like some guidance from the city council on whether production facilities of caregivers should be regulated, and if so, how.

“Do you want to attempt to regulate caregiving growing? If yes, it’s going to be an interesting legal walk we’ll be doing,” Bennett said. “If no, then these microbreweries, for lack of a better way to describe them, are going to be opening up in the community.

“If yes, what will it look like? Is it a location issue, licensing process, zoning?”

The city council recently enacted a six-month moratorium on marijuana growing facilities to study the issue. The Old Orchard Beach Town Council enacted a similar moratorium before approving an ordinance last year.

The town of

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York, Maine, police log: May 11-16

May 27th, 2016

Posted May. 25, 2016 at 12:48 PM

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May 27th, 2016

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Westbrook officials talk pot rules

May 26th, 2016

Westbrook officials on Monday discussed the municipality’s options for regulating marijuana, with emphasis placed on what would happen if the November statewide referendum to legalize recreational use is approved by voters.

City Council President Brendan Rielly said he would look to ban marijuana in the city if the referendum is approved in November, but city attorney Natalie Burns has said it’s unclear if an outright ban is an option.

“I can’t imagine that we’d want to allow more drug use at the same time that we’re fighting an epidemic of drug abuse,” Rielly said.

The city may look to pass a moratorium in November to give officials time to decide on regulations, but that moratorium would hinge on the referendum results.

Burns said that under the provisions of the initiative, “a municipality could entirely prohibit the operation of retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs for recreational marijuana.”

Much of the conversation also centered on the increased presence of what are known as medical marijuana “caregiver” growing operations, a legal source for medical marijuana patients that is regulated by the state. Caregivers are allowed five patients and can grow up to six plants per patient.

City Administrator Jerre Bryant said Westbrook has seen an increase in caregiver growing operations during the last year, including some that the city is aware of that are in industrial buildings. However, due to confidentiality laws, municipalities have limited knowledge on how many

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Scarborough Police Beat: May 27

May 26th, 2016
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5/16 at 11:11 a.m. Primo A. Tosi, 30, of Gorham Road, was arrested on Gorham Road by Officer Scott Vaughan on charges of criminal mischief, domestic violence assault, reckless conduct and illegal possession of a firearm. 

5/16 at 4:57 p.m. Amita R. Gelinas, 22, of Cedarbrook Drive, was arrested on Cedarbrook Drive by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of domestic violence assault. 

5/20 at 3:50 p.m. Raelyn K. Knowles, 21, of Allans Pond Road, Casco, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Michael Thurlow on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 

5/20 at 3:50 p.m. Phillip L. Smith, 21, of Cumberland Avenue, Portland, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Michael Thurlow on charges of violating a protection order and failure to provide correct name, address and date of birth. 

5/20 at 8:12 p.m. Richard J. McKinnon, 62, of Green Street, Biddeford, was arrested on northbound Route 701 by Officer Michael Thurlow on charges of operating under the influence and operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

5/20 at 11:51 p.m. Brandon S. Perry, 23, of Jasper Street, was arrested at Pine Point Road and U.S. Route 1 by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of violating conditions of release. 

5/20 at 11:51 p.m. Abigail L. Bruni, 22, of Jasper Street, was arrested at Pine Point Road and U.S. Route 1 by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 


5/16 at 5:19 p.m. Nicholas D. Frizzle, 19, of Down East

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