Archive for January, 2018

Judge sets lower bail for sex offender accused of assaulting child – Courier

January 31st, 2018

Rockland — A judge set bail Wednesday at $2,000 cash for a 46-year-old Rockland man who is charged with spanking his 3-year-old son so hard that he had to be taken to the hospital.

The prosecution had sought significantly higher bail for Scott A. Kennedy on the charge of Class C felony assault against a child younger than 6-years-old. The assault occurred Monday, Jan. 29, according to court paperwork.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald cited the criminal record of Kennedy, which includes first degree child molestation from another state, as reason for setting bail at $10,000 cash.

And an affidavit filed Wednesday in Knox County Unified Court by Rockland police indicate that New Hampshire police are investigating how the same 3-year-old boy suffered bruises around his eye on Jan. 3. The boy was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for that injury.

And the same affidavit states that police are investigating injuries that a man and a woman suffered at Kennedy’s home in Rockland on the day before the child was assaulted. The man and woman claim that Kennedy “lost it” and starting assaulting them after they urged him not to wake up the child who was downstairs asleep with them as they were drinking and smoking marijuana.

Kennedy has not been charged in that incident but Fernald said he is awaiting reports from police on that matter.

The affidavit stated that a daycare worker found the injuries to the child that include bruising on his buttocks and legs. The daycare worker reported

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/judge-sets-lower-bail-for-sex-offender-accused-of-assaulting-child/1721553

United States: Maine Employers Must Ignore Off-Work Marijuana Use, Cease Testing Applicants

January 31st, 2018

On February 1, 2018, Maine will become the first jurisdiction in
the nation to protect workers from adverse employment action based
on their use of marijuana and marijuana products, provided the use
occurs away from the workplace. In preparation for this
change, the Maine Department of Labor has removed marijuana from
the list of drugs for which an employer may test in its
“model” applicant drug-testing policy. Although
wrangling between the state legislature and Governor Paul LePage
has delayed the retail sale of marijuana, the remaining provisions
of Maine’s “Question 1 An Act to Legalize
Marijuana” (“the Act”), are slated to move forward
despite fears doing so will hurt business in the state.

How Maine Came to Embrace Recreational Marijuana

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved the Act, permitting
the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana.
Although the law was originally scheduled to take effect on
January 30, 2017, the Maine legislature imposed a moratorium on
retail sales and taxation (as well as employment
anti-discrimination provisions) in order to provide additional time
to promulgate rules on marijuana sale and taxation, and to resolve
other outstanding issues. The new effective date for those
portions of the Act was pushed to February 1,
2018
,1although as described below, the
state has yet to finalize rules that will permit the retail sale of
marijuana and marijuana products.

Significantly for employers, the employment anti-discrimination
provisions of the Act are set to become effective February 1,
2018. The anti-discrimination provisions of the Act prohibit
employers

Article source: http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/669020/employee+rights+labour+relations/Maine+Employers+Must+Ignore+OffWork+Marijuana+Use+Cease+Testing+Applicants

Woman sues University of Southern Maine over Gorham sex …

January 31st, 2018
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GORHAM — A former University of Southern Maine student claims she was sexually assaulted twice in USM dormitories six years ago.

Although she says she reported both assaults to campus police, she claims the university didn’t investigate as required by law.

The woman, now 25, filed a lawsuit Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court in Portland, seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial. She is represented by Portland attorney Sarah Churchill and names the University of Maine System and two males as defendants.

The woman initially agreed to discuss the case publicly, but later declined to do so without permission from her attorney. Churchill’s office last week said Churchill was out of town and could not be reached.

The Forecaster does not identify sexual assault victims without their consent.

Court documents claim the woman was sexually assaulted in separate incidents on Jan. 19 and Jan. 29, 2012. The lawsuit claims she was drugged by one male before he assaulted her. She claims the second assault was by another male in a dormitory shower.

The lawsuit claims she reported both incidents to campus police, who did not investigate.

James Thelen, chief of staff and general counsel for the UMaine System, on Tuesday said the university had not been served with the lawsuit. He declined to comment on specific allegations until reviewing the complaint.

Thelen said USM President Glenn Cummings, who was not president at the time of the alleged assaults, would not make a statement.

USM

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/woman-sues-university-of-southern-maine-over-gorham-sex-assaults/

Woman sues University of Southern Maine over Gorham sex assaults

January 31st, 2018
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GORHAM — A former University of Southern Maine student claims she was sexually assaulted twice in USM dormitories six years ago.

Although she says she reported both assaults to campus police, she claims the university didn’t investigate as required by law.

The woman, now 25, filed a lawsuit Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court in Portland, seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial. She is represented by Portland attorney Sarah Churchill and names the University of Maine System and two males as defendants.

The woman initially agreed to discuss the case publicly, but later declined to do so without permission from her attorney. Churchill’s office last week said Churchill was out of town and could not be reached.

The Forecaster does not identify sexual assault victims without their consent.

Court documents claim the woman was sexually assaulted in separate incidents on Jan. 19 and Jan. 29, 2012. The lawsuit claims she was drugged by one male before he assaulted her. She claims the second assault was by another male in a dormitory shower.

The lawsuit claims she reported both incidents to campus police, who did not investigate.

James Thelen, chief of staff and general counsel for the UMaine System, on Tuesday said the university had not been served with the lawsuit. He declined to comment on specific allegations until reviewing the complaint.

Thelen said USM President Glenn Cummings, who was not president at the time of the alleged assaults, would not make a statement.

USM

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/woman-sues-university-of-southern-maine-over-gorham-sex-assaults/

Bangor man pleads guilty to running large pot-growing operation …

January 30th, 2018

A Bangor man has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a large marijuana-growing operation in the Waldo County town of Frankfort.

Nicholas Reynolds, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank.

Court records state that between October 2010 and August 2016 Reynolds conspired with others to illegally manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Frank said Reynolds grew marijuana at a “large, sophisticated indoor growing facility in Frankfort, Maine, which he was told was an illegal medical marijuana grow.”

Frank said that federal drug enforcement agents executed a search warrant at the site on May 12, 2016, and seized about 400 marijuana plants, 295 marijuana root balls and paraphernalia used to grow and process marijuana.

According to the search warrant affidavit, Reynolds and his conspirators were not registered as medical marijuana caregivers with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The location of the pot-growing facility was also not reported to DHHS.

Reynolds, who will be sentenced at a later date, faces up to 20 years in prison, three years to lifetime supervised release, and a fine up to $1 million.


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Some Maine Lawmakers Push to Delay Legalization of Pot Sales

January 30th, 2018

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Camden marijuana working group to hear about state rulemaking status

January 30th, 2018

CAMDEN — The Camden Recreational Marijuana Working Group, a citizen’s committee appointed by the Select Board, is meeting Monday evening, Jan. 29., at 6 p.m. to hear from State Representative Owen Casas, I-Rockport, about current rule and law-making measures in Augusta concerning use of recreational marijuana.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room, and will be televised on Spectrum Cable TV channel 1303 and live-streamed at townhallstreams.com/locations/camden-me.

The working group, consisting Gray Lookner, Eitienne Perret, Mark Kwiatkowski, Liz Smith, Edwin Horvath and Eleanor Masin-Peters, had its first meeting Jan. 22, three months after it was formed in mid-October. (See: Camden creates committee to craft local rules for marijuana sales, social clubs)

In November 2016, Maine residents approved a citizens’ initiative to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana. The initiative allowed for nine months of rule-making, beginning Jan. 30,  2017, about how the state would regulate marijuana sales. While it is now legal to use and possess marijuana (over the age of 21), it is not legal to sell it.

One year later, and the Legislature has yet to agree on the rules by which recreational marijuana will be sold and taxed. Many towns have initiated their own moratoriums until the state makes its decisions, or outright have voted against retail and social clubs within municipal boundaries.

But in Camden, the Select Board voted last fall to assemble its own committee to draft local rules.

The board directed Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell to write a letter to anyone approaching the town with retail or social

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/camden-marijuana-working-group-hear-about-rule-making-status-augusta/97260

Two marijuana caregivers sue Maine agency in effort to block new regulations

January 30th, 2018

The owners of a Belfast medical marijuana shop are going to federal court in an attempt to stop Maine from implementing new medical marijuana regulations next month.

Caregivers Justin Olsen and Nancy Shaw of New World Organics say the rules violate patient privacy and force caregivers to divulge confidential patient information to the state.

The caregivers and two of their unnamed patients – an injured combat veteran and a woman undergoing cancer treatment – filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” Shaw said on Facebook.

In Maine, patients with a qualifying medical condition can use medical cannabis with a doctor’s approval. They get a card from the doctor, but they don’t have to register with the state.

The new rules allow the state Department of Health and Human Services to conduct same-day inspections of caregiver operations and inspect a patient’s house with a day’s notice.

Olson and Shaw believe the warrantless search of a caregiver’s grow, which is often located on their personal property, or a patient’s house is an unconstitutional search and seizure.

The plaintiffs say the state would learn of their patients’ identities during inspections, a violation of patient rights under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

“Disclosure of records not only violates the privacy rights of the qualifying patients, it also subjects caregivers who disclose the records … to a civil fine of up to $50,000,” the suit says.

The suit asks the court to stop DHHS, the agency that oversees

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/two-marijuana-caregivers-sue-maine-agency-in-effort-to-block-new-regulations/

Maine Panel Moves to Delay Medical Pot Rules

January 29th, 2018

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January 29th, 2018

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