Archive for May, 2018

Brunswick business sees opportunity in CBD oil

May 27th, 2018

Stacy Moore makes all of the soap sold by Healing Harbors by hand in the kitchen at Scatter Good Farm in Brunswick. ELIZABETH CLEMENTE/The Forecaster

BRUNSWICK — In a small kitchen on the grounds of Scatter Good Farm on East Coxon Road, three entrepreneurs have created a product line with the goal of providing a natural alternative for people suffering from pain and anxiety.

Stacy Moore, Ashley Lenz and Paul Clark IV are the founders behind Healing Harbors, a company that originated in Harpswell and creates soaps, body butter, and oil tinctures infused with cannabidiol oil, which is derived from hemp plants.

And while the operation may look small from the outside, Healing Harbors caught the attention of judges at the Top Gun Pitch Off May 9 in Lewiston, making it to the final round of the business competition May 23 in Portland.

Alongside seven other finalists, the company was scheduled to compete Wednesday night at the University of Southern Maine for a grand prize of $25,000.

The idea for the company was planted six years ago, when Moore was working in home health care in Harpswell. A woman she was caring for had suffered a stroke and was told by doctors she would only have limited mobility.

One day, however, Moore noticed the woman applying a cream infused with CBD oil. After learning more about the product, Moore said she was “blown away” and inspired to learn how to make it herself.

A year after her client began using

Article source: https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/stateregional/brunswick-business-sees-opportunity-in-cbd-oil/

Profiles of the Democratic candidates for governor

May 27th, 2018

Adam Cote
Age: 45
Hometown: Sanford
Occupation: Attorney, CEO of Thermal Energy Storage and Maine Army National Guard veteran
Political/public offices: Sanford School Committee, Midcoast Regional Development Authority board
Family: Married, with five young children

Adam Cote was the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for governor. Since then, he’s held or attended over 500 events around the state. In his campaign, Cote has emphasized his experience in business (co-founding a company focused on off-peak heating and cooling), in policy work as an attorney and as a leader. A major in the Maine Army National Guard, Cote deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia during his 20-year career with the Guard. Frequent talking points include economic development, renewable energy, infrastructure investment and improving the civility of politics in Maine.
He has touted himself as an independent outsider able to work with all parties in Augusta and someone who will promote Maine as “the best place in the world” as a way to build the economy, retain young families and attract new workers. Cote is running as a privately financed candidate and had raised just over $804,000 for his campaign as of April 24.

Donna Dion
Age: 66
Hometown: Biddeford
Occupation: Retired after finance career in nonprofit and public sector.
Political/public offices: Biddeford mayor, Biddeford School Board, Biddeford/Saco Economic Development Council, Biddeford Comprehensive Planning Committee, Coastal Counties Workforce board member
Family: Married, with one adult son

Donna Dion touts her experience as mayor of Biddeford – Maine’s sixth-largest city – from 1998 to 2003 as

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/05/20/profiles-of-the-democratic-candidates-for-governor/

Monday, May 28, 2018: Mark Dion for governor, reject St. Clair, Pruitt’s attack on clean air

May 26th, 2018
May 26, 2018 3:20 pm

Mark Dion for governor

I have watched Mark Dion‘s career since he was Cumberland County sheriff. He has worked to help the court and jail systems focus on restorative justice and mental health services. He administered a large department and wasn’t afraid to speak in favor of medical cannabis, against the rest of Maine’s law enforcement establishment. As a state representative and senator, he represented his district’s progressive values while proving himself a collaborative leader.

This year, he risked his reputation, working with Senate Republicans to minimize damage being done in a rewrite of the cannabis referendum passed in 2016. He brings professional credibility to the gun control discussion, and supports the protection of citizens’ digital communications from unreasonable searches.

Dion is a soft-spoken listener. His platform, available at dionforgovernor.com, outlines his positions and rather than repeat that information here, I’ll tell you what I saw when he visited Rockland. Direct in seeking our opinions and thoughtful in his responses, he considered our ideas and concerns and answered with honesty and patience, in spite of having already spent half the day at a candidate forum in Damariscotta.

The 21st century presents Maine with serious

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/05/26/opinion/letters/monday-may-28-2018-mark-dion-for-governor-reject-st-clair-pruitts-attack-on-clean-air/

Where The Democrats In Maine’s 2nd District Race Stand On The Issues

May 26th, 2018

Article source: http://mainepublic.org/post/where-democrats-maines-2nd-district-race-stand-issues

Council of governments raises the stakes for Cumberland County members

May 26th, 2018
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PORTLAND — Cumberland County towns and cities are assessing the costs and value of collaboration as they face a 60 percent dues increase from the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

In fiscal year 2019, each town will be assessed $1.60 per resident to be part of the agency, up from $1. The dues are calculated on 2010 U.S. Census data, GPCOG Executive Director Kristina Egan said earlier this month. 

In fiscal year 2020 dues will go up to $2 per person.

“Our members decided to reinvest in agency,” Egan said. “We need to step up to the plate and help lead region toward prosperity.”

The increase is the first in 27 years and was approved by GPCOG’s General Assembly last summer.

Member dues account for 10 percent of GPCOG’s revenues in the current $3.2 million budget, but answering the call for more cash has not been easy.

In Portland, where the FY 2019 increase is $38,000, it took a motion from Councilor Belinda Ray to add the money to the municipal budget approved Monday.

Although Ray was unable to attend the meeting, the motion passed without opposition.

Before Ray’s motion, City Manager Jon Jennings had budgeted for the city to continue to pay the current dues of just under $68,000. Earlier this month, Mayor Ethan Strimling’s motion to eliminate all funding was rejected by the City Council Finance Committee.

Had either Jennings or Strimling been successful, the result would have been the city leaving the agency, which was founded in 1969.

On Monday, Strimling said he opposed the fee

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/council-of-governments-raises-the-stakes-for-cumberland-county-members/

No on Question 1: Ranked-choice voting not constitutional for all …

May 25th, 2018
George Danby | BDN
May 25, 2018 12:00 pm

Updated: May 25, 2018 2:39 pm

Do you want to reject the parts of a new law that would delay the use of ranked-choice voting in the election of candidates for any state or federal office until 2022, and then retain the method only if the constitution is amended by December 1, 2021, to allow ranked-choice voting for candidates in state elections?

Maine voters, in November 2016, approved ranked-choice voting for future elections. The new voting system allows voters to rank their choices, rather than voting for just one candidate, when there are three or more candidates in a race. Backers of ranked-choice voting say this will lead to better candidates running for office, less nasty campaigns and less grumbling after an election because the winner will have earned at least 50 percent of the vote after the rankings are tabulated.

In an era of increasing political rancor, an influx of campaign spending from shadowy groups with little accountability, ranked-choice voting offers an opportunity for voters to feel more in control of election outcomes.

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/05/25/opinion/editorials/no-on-question-1-ranked-choice-voting-not-constitutional-for-all-maine-elections/

No on Question 1: Ranked-choice voting not constitutional for all Maine elections

May 25th, 2018
George Danby | BDN
May 25, 2018 12:00 pm

Updated: May 25, 2018 2:39 pm

Do you want to reject the parts of a new law that would delay the use of ranked-choice voting in the election of candidates for any state or federal office until 2022, and then retain the method only if the constitution is amended by December 1, 2021, to allow ranked-choice voting for candidates in state elections?

Maine voters, in November 2016, approved ranked-choice voting for future elections. The new voting system allows voters to rank their choices, rather than voting for just one candidate, when there are three or more candidates in a race. Backers of ranked-choice voting say this will lead to better candidates running for office, less nasty campaigns and less grumbling after an election because the winner will have earned at least 50 percent of the vote after the rankings are tabulated.

In an era of increasing political rancor, an influx of campaign spending from shadowy groups with little accountability, ranked-choice voting offers an opportunity for voters to feel more in control of election outcomes.

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/05/25/opinion/editorials/no-on-question-1-ranked-choice-voting-not-constitutional-for-all-maine-elections/

Scarborough Police Beat: May 18

May 24th, 2018
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Arrests

5/11 at 11:25 p.m. Benjamin Colomb Jr., 33, of East Waterboro, was arrested on Holmes Road by Officer Lydia Ruetty on a charge of operating under the influence.

5/12 at 3:24 a.m. Daniel Munro, 25, of Scarborough, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Melissa Diclemente on a warrant and two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 

5/13 at 6:41 p.m. Jake A Germano, 35, of South Portland, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and violating bail conditions.

Summonses

5/7 at 2:54 p.m. Sotero P. Giftos III, 18, of Scarborough, was issued a summons on Pine Point Road by Officer Travis Hon on charges of criminal speeding and possession of marijuana by a person under age 21. 

5/7 at 2:54 p.m. Ethan P. Caporino, 19, of Scarborough, was issued a summons on Pine Point Road by Officer Travis Hon on a charge of possession of marijuana by a person under age 21. 

5/9 at 9:41 a.m. Carrie A. Henrikson, 46, of Westbrook, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Donald Laflin on a charge of failing to register vehicle. 

5/9 at 9:57 a.m. John H. Gagnon, 59, of Manchester, N.H., was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of operating a vehicle while license suspended or revoked. 

5/9 at 10:17 a.m. Angela L. Brown, 40, of Scarbrough, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Officer Donald Laflin for failing to register vehicle. 

5/9 at 11:40 a.m. Christopher

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/scarborough-police-beat-may-18-2/

Watered down Maine implementation overrides veto

May 23rd, 2018

Maine state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1719, a bill to implement the voter initiative passed in 2016.

LePage has repeatedly undermined the will of the voters through delaying tactics and vetoes. The May 2 vote may have put an end to his shenanigans for the time being.

Republican Gov. LePage seeks to undermine Maine voters.

State legislators have been no friends to the voters, either. Then new law creates a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adult, but it also amends numerous provisions of a 2016 voter measure in a negative way — including those specific to home grow limits and taxation.

Mixed bag bill is far from what voters passed

Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, expressed mixed emotions about the law’s passage.

“On the one hand, we are grateful that regulators can now — after months of undue delay — finally begin moving forward with the process of licensing adult use marijuana sales and regulating this retail market,” noted Armentano.

 

“On the other hand, it is unfortunate that lawmakers felt it necessary to amend and repeal other important provisions of Question 1, the Marijuana Legalization Act, in what ultimately was a futile effort to curry favor with the Governor,” he said.

“At the end of the day, this measure is far from consistent with the language that the majority of voters approved at the ballot box.”

Fewer plants, no

Article source: http://theleafonline.com/c/lifestyle/2018/05/maine-overrides-veto/

Topsham voters ratify $12.2M budget, block retail pot ban

May 22nd, 2018
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TOPSHAM — Voters at Town Meeting Wednesday approved a $12.2 million municipal budget for next year, but nixed a proposed ban on retail marijuana operations.

The 2 1/2-hour gathering at Mt. Ararat High School Commons drew 107 of the town’s approximately 7,500 registered voters, or less than 2 percent.

The town’s fiscal year 2019 spending plan is up 3.27 percent. Taking into account assessments from School Administrative District 75 ($10.3 million, up 5.8 percent) and Sagadahoc County ($1.7 million, up 0.8 percent), Topsham’s total appropriation adds up to $24.1 million. Subtracting $4.7 million in municipal revenues, the town’s tax levy could be $19.4 million, a 6.4 percent increase over FY 2018.

That figure, divided by the town’s $1 billion total land value, produces a tax rate of $19.16 per $1,000 of property valuation – an hike of $1.04, or 5.77 percent. The owner of a home valued at $200,000 would see a $208 tax increase.

All budget line items passed as jointly recommended by the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee. Resident Nancy Randolph proposed adding $200,000 to the Public Works Department’s $500,000 road construction item, in order to address more roads in need of work. That amendment failed in a show-of-hands vote, and the original motion carried.

Residents also voted against a ban on retail marijuana establishments throughout Topsham. Towns are allowed by state law to prohibit retail establishments, but not medical marijuana dispensaries.

The prohibition would have had no impact on High Brow, a retail operation

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/topsham-voters-ratify-12-2m-budget-block-retail-pot-ban/