Archive for April, 2018

Maine Gov. Again Vetoes Rec. Cannabis Implementation Bill

April 30th, 2018

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has, again, vetoed legislation to implement regulations for the state’s voter-approved cannabis legalization regime. In his veto message, LePage cites federal law, the “failings” of the state’s medical cannabis program, and his desire to see the medical and recreational markets merged.

“As I have stated previously, a concurrent medical program with weaker regulation and a lower tax rate will undermine the regulations established by this bill. The two programs must be fully integrated.” – LePage in his Apr. 27 veto message

The measure passed both chambers of the state legislature with veto-proof margins; however, LePage’s fellow Republicans could decide to sustain his veto. Last year, Republican lawmakers voted to uphold LePage’s veto the first time the legislature approved a different implementation measure.

LePage also claims that states with legal cannabis share a “gruesome similarity” – increases in motor vehicle crashes caused by cannabis impairment.

“After one of the worst years in recent memory for crashes, fatalities, and pedestrian fatalities, we should take every step to ensure safety on Maine roads instead of making them more hazardous. No branch of government has a monopoly on good ideas; if Maine is going to legalize and regulate marijuana, it will require our joint efforts to get this important issue right.” – LePage in the veto message

Voters approved the adult-use initiative in 2016. The bill would have allowed the state to begin

Article source: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/maine-gov-again-vetoes-rec-cannabis-implementation-bill/

Reduced home-grow limit offensive, pot advocates say – Lewiston …

April 30th, 2018

The proposed rollback of home grow limits in Maine has some marijuana advocates crying foul.

Limiting the number of flowering plants grown at home for recreational use at three is half what Maine voters approved in November 2016, but it puts Maine squarely in the middle of the pack among those states that have legalized adult-use cannabis.

“We don’t want Maine to be out in front of other states on marijuana,” said Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the Senate chairman of the marijuana committee that overhauled the voter-approved law. “Colorado had problems with home grow and cut theirs, so we did, too.”

Like Maine, Colorado, Alaska and Washington, D.C., limit home growers to three mature plants. California and Massachusetts allow up to six, and Oregon caps it at four. Vermont will allow just two when it goes legal in July. Washington state forbids home grow altogether.

Nevada home-grow rules vary depending on where one lives. A home grower can have up to six plants at home for personal recreational use, but only if the person lives at least 25 miles away from one of its state-licensed retail marijuana shops.

If the Maine bill becomes law, it will roll back the only part of the Marijuana Legalization Act that went into effect after the vote. Lawmakers delayed the issuance of retail licenses, but residents have been able to grow up to six plants since Jan. 1, 2017.

If lawmakers override the promised gubernatorial veto, the law would give residents six months from implementation to shrink their grow from

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/reduced-home-grow-limit-offensive-pot-advocates-say/

Reduced home-grow limit offensive, pot advocates say

April 30th, 2018

The proposed rollback of home grow limits in Maine has some marijuana advocates crying foul.

Limiting the number of flowering plants grown at home for recreational use at three is half what Maine voters approved in November 2016, but it puts Maine squarely in the middle of the pack among those states that have legalized adult-use cannabis.

“We don’t want Maine to be out in front of other states on marijuana,” said Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the Senate chairman of the marijuana committee that overhauled the voter-approved law. “Colorado had problems with home grow and cut theirs, so we did, too.”

Like Maine, Colorado, Alaska and Washington, D.C., limit home growers to three mature plants. California and Massachusetts allow up to six, and Oregon caps it at four. Vermont will allow just two when it goes legal in July. Washington state forbids home grow altogether.

Nevada home-grow rules vary depending on where one lives. A home grower can have up to six plants at home for personal recreational use, but only if the person lives at least 25 miles away from one of its state-licensed retail marijuana shops.

If the Maine bill becomes law, it will roll back the only part of the Marijuana Legalization Act that went into effect after the vote. Lawmakers delayed the issuance of retail licenses, but residents have been able to grow up to six plants since Jan. 1, 2017.

If lawmakers override the promised gubernatorial veto, the law would give residents six months from implementation to shrink their grow from

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/reduced-home-grow-limit-offensive-pot-advocates-say/

Kennebec County courts April 12-25

April 29th, 2018

AUGUSTA — This is a roundup of cases closed April 12-25, 2018, in courts in Augusta and Waterville.

Cary Jon Allen, 34, of Waterville, operating while license suspended or revoked Feb. 9, 2018, in Waterville; $250 fine.

Brendan P. Arsenault, 21, of Windham, unlawful possession of scheduled drug and minor transporting liquor Oct. 16, 2017, in Sidney, dismissed.

Cade Ayotte, 23, of Readfield, operating under the influence June 25, 2018, in Augusta; $500 fine, five-day jail sentence, one year and 60-day license suspension.

Tammy L. Bass, 46, of Winslow, theft by unauthorized use of property April 8, 2017, in Waterville; 120-day jail sentence, $1,255.10 restitution. Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer March 18, 2017, in Waterville; 120-day jail sentence.

Jonathan D. Bassford, 21, of Edgecomb, failure to register vehicle Feb. 6, 2018, in Augusta; $100 fine.

Jason E. Batista, 35, of South China, operating after habitual offender revocation Nov. 18, 2017, in Waterville; $500 fine, 30-day jail sentence.

Betsy J. Benner, 47, of Albion, motor vehicle speeding more than 30 mph over speed limit May 6, 2017, in China, dismissed.

Chrmaine Berry, 56, of Oakland, keeping unlicensed dog Feb. 1, 2018, in Oakland; $50 fine.

Patrick L. Biggam, 34, of Anson, operating vehicle without license March 11, 2018, in Oakland, dismissed.

Stephen E. Biggs, 46, of West Warwick, Rhode Island, commercial vehicle rule violation: duty status not current Feb. 14, 2018, in Sidney; $250 fine.

Bill’s Auto Transport, of Greene, operating after registration suspended Dec. 14, 2017, in Sidney; $150 fine.

Keith Bolduc, 59, of Augusta, operating while license suspended or

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/29/kennebec-county-courts-april-12-25/

LePage vetoes bill to launch Maine’s recreational marijuana marketplace

April 29th, 2018

Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill to launch Maine’s adult-use marijuana market.

LePage, a staunch opponent of marijuana, said he doesn’t want Maine to operate two different marijuana programs – medical and adult-use – with two different tax rates and two different sets of rules, and raised concerns about the impact of marijuana impairment on traffic crashes. He also said he cannot “in good conscience” support a law that violates federal law because marijuana remains classified as a Schedule 1 drug.

In his veto letter, LePage once again criticized lawmakers for creating different regulatory structures and tax rates for medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. He also said that other states that have legalized recreational marijuana “have seen staggering increases in motor vehicle fatalities resulting from marijuana impairment.” He did not offer data to support this assertion.

“After one of the worst years in recent memory for crashes, fatalities and pedestrian fatalities, we should take every step to ensure safety on Maine roads instead of making them more hazardous,” LePage wrote. “No branch of government has a monopoly on a good idea; if Maine is going to legalize and regulate marijuana, it will require our joint efforts to get this important issue right.”

That final reference to branches of government working together is likely to anger lawmakers who served on the special committee charged with implementing legalization. Committee members said they received little to no cooperation from the LePage administration since voters approved the legalization ballot measure in November 2016,

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/lepage-vetoes-marijuana-bill-2/

Brunswick Police: April 20

April 29th, 2018
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Arrests

4/12 at 10:16 p.m. John J. Thompson, no address listed, was arrested at Mid Coast Hospital on Medical Center Drive by Officer Joshua Bernier on a probation hold.

4/13 at 10:53 p.m. Greg L. Johnson, 59, of Middle Street in Topsham, was arrested at Greenwood Road and Industrial Way by Lt. Paul R. Hansen on a charge of operating under the influence.

4/13 at 11:04 p.m. Jason C. Bishop, 38, of Franklin Parkway, was arrested on Franklin Parkway by Officer Nicholas Bedard on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

4/14 at 8 p.m. Gabriel K. Kendall, 26, was arrested at Rite Aid on Maine Street by Officer Kerry Wolongevicz on charges of violating conditions of release and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

4/14 at 8:57 p.m. Michael Booth, 18, of Fernald Street in Freeport, was arrested on Beverly Drive by Officer Joshua Bernier on an outstanding warrant from another agency and charges of failing to provide a correct name, address and date of birth, and possession of marijuana.

4/15 at 1:13 a.m. Randy A. Dennison, 26, of Spruce Street in Sabattus, was arrested at Federal Street and Mason Street by Officer Cory Iles on a charge of operating under the influence.

4/15 at 8:58 a.m. Shane M. Burnham, 32, of Cumberland Street, was arrested at 7-Eleven on Maine Street by Officer Charles Thompson on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, criminal trespassing, and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.

4/15 at 10:27 p.m. Christopher J. Taylor, 28, of Bath Road, was arrested at New Meadows Motel on Bath Road

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/brunswick-police-april-20/

Woman arraigned in Millinocket home invasion that left man dead …

April 28th, 2018
Contributed | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
April 27, 2018 6:15 pm

A third defendant charged in a December home invasion that left a Millinocket businessman dead and his wife seriously injured was arraigned Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Alexis Locklear , 21, of Maxton, North Carolina pleaded not guilty to one count each of felony murder and robbery.

Locklear was extradited earlier this week after refusing to return voluntarily to Maine with law enforcement.

Superior Court Justice Ann Murray set bail at $500,000.

Locklear remained Friday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post bail.

Also charged in the case were her father, Tony Locklear, 43, of East Millinocket and Pembroke, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Christopher Murray, 38, of Red Springs, North Carolina. Both men pleaded not guilty to one count each of intentional or knowing murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery.

On Dec. 19, the men allegedly shot Wayne Lapierre, 59, and his wife, Diem Lapierre, 33, in their Millinocket home. Wayne Lapierre died of bullet wounds three days later in

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/04/27/news/penobscot/woman-arraigned-in-millinocket-home-invasion-that-left-man-dead/

Woman arraigned in Millinocket home invasion that left man dead

April 28th, 2018
Contributed | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
April 27, 2018 6:15 pm

A third defendant charged in a December home invasion that left a Millinocket businessman dead and his wife seriously injured was arraigned Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Alexis Locklear , 21, of Maxton, North Carolina pleaded not guilty to one count each of felony murder and robbery.

Locklear was extradited earlier this week after refusing to return voluntarily to Maine with law enforcement.

Superior Court Justice Ann Murray set bail at $500,000.

Locklear remained Friday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post bail.

Also charged in the case were her father, Tony Locklear, 43, of East Millinocket and Pembroke, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Christopher Murray, 38, of Red Springs, North Carolina. Both men pleaded not guilty to one count each of intentional or knowing murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery.

On Dec. 19, the men allegedly shot Wayne Lapierre, 59, and his wife, Diem Lapierre, 33, in their Millinocket home. Wayne Lapierre died of bullet wounds three days later in

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2018/04/27/news/penobscot/woman-arraigned-in-millinocket-home-invasion-that-left-man-dead/

Five in central Maine accused of lying to gun dealers – CentralMaine …

April 28th, 2018

Five central Maine men were indicted earlier this month on federal firearms charges.

Four have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are free on unsecured bail pending their next hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The fifth, Donald “Donny” Henderson, 33, of Winthrop, is set for arraignment May 4. He was issued a summons to appear in court and is represented by attorney James Nixon.

Henderson’s indictment says he made false statements on Feb. 28, 2017, while buying a Smith Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol from Audette’s Inc., located in Winthrop. It alleges he checked a box indicating he was not an unlawful user of marijuana when, in fact, he was. The allegation is repeated in the second count, which says Henderson purchased an SCCY model CPX-1, 9 mm pistol on March 2, 2017, also from Audette’s.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to those who use marijuana because it remains illegal under federal law even if state laws such as Maine’s permit medical and recreational marijuana.

Richard Quattrone, 48, of Augusta, is charged with two counts of lying to a federal firearms licensee on March 10, 2017. The indictment says he purchased a Smith Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol from Audette’s and indicated that he is an not an unlawful user of marijuana or other controlled substances. It says that Quattrone “was an unlawful user of marijuana” at the time and that he intentionally wrote down an address that was

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/five-in-central-maine-accused-of-lying-to-gun-dealers/

Five in central Maine accused of lying to gun dealers

April 28th, 2018

Five central Maine men were indicted earlier this month on federal firearms charges.

Four have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are free on unsecured bail pending their next hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The fifth, Donald “Donny” Henderson, 33, of Winthrop, is set for arraignment May 4. He was issued a summons to appear in court and is represented by attorney James Nixon.

Henderson’s indictment says he made false statements on Feb. 28, 2017, while buying a Smith Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol from Audette’s Inc., located in Winthrop. It alleges he checked a box indicating he was not an unlawful user of marijuana when, in fact, he was. The allegation is repeated in the second count, which says Henderson purchased an SCCY model CPX-1, 9 mm pistol on March 2, 2017, also from Audette’s.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to those who use marijuana because it remains illegal under federal law even if state laws such as Maine’s permit medical and recreational marijuana.

Richard Quattrone, 48, of Augusta, is charged with two counts of lying to a federal firearms licensee on March 10, 2017. The indictment says he purchased a Smith Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol from Audette’s and indicated that he is an not an unlawful user of marijuana or other controlled substances. It says that Quattrone “was an unlawful user of marijuana” at the time and that he intentionally wrote down an address that was

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/five-in-central-maine-accused-of-lying-to-gun-dealers/