Archive for June, 2018

Bid to repeal legal marijuana law dies in Maine Senate

June 30th, 2018
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
June 26, 2018 2:51 pm

Updated: June 26, 2018 3:21 pm

A new push to ask Maine voters again whether they favor legal adult-use marijuana fizzled Tuesday when a majority of the Maine Senate voted against it.

Sen. Scott Cyrway, R-Benton, is an outspoken marijuana opponent whose bill called for another referendum about the legality of recreational marijuana. The bill would have put another referendum to voters this November.

Cyrway argued that marijuana abuse puts children, communities and families at risk, but failed to garner enough support.

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, was one of three Republican senators who spoke against Cyrway’s bill. Katz, who chaired a special legislative committee that came up with rules for sales and regulation of adult-use marijuana, said that adults already use marijuana in Maine, so having an oversight and safety system in place is preferable to allowing black market sales to continue.

Cyrway’s bill was rejected 18-13 and is now dead. Minutes after that vote, the Senate endorsed an overhaul of Maine’s medical

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/26/politics/bid-to-repeal-legal-marijuana-law-dies-in-maine-senate/

Maine man sentenced for role in large indoor marijuana growing operation

June 29th, 2018

An Etna man was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison for his role in a conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana.

James Mansfield, 33, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jon D. Levy in federal court in Bangor to three years of supervised release.

Mansfield pleased guilty in February to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to court records, between October 2010 and August 2016, Mansfield and others grew marijuana at a large, sophisticated indoor growing facility in Frankfort. In May 2016, the facility was raided and law enforcement agents seized about 400 marijuana plants, 295 marijuana root balls and equipment used to manufacture and process marijuana.

Mansfield and his co-conspirators weren’t registered as medical marijuana caregivers with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the location of the facility was not reported to DHHS, federal officials said.


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Legislature maps the landscape for legal marijuana growers, sellers …

June 29th, 2018

The legislative outline of Maine’s adult-use cannabis market was finalized last month when lawmakers overturned a gubernatorial veto and paved the way for adult-use sales in 2019. And late Tuesday night, lawmakers adopted a sweeping medical cannabis reform bill that now sits on Gov. Paul LePage’s desk for review.

LePage, whose sharp criticism of Maine’s medical use of marijuana program was oft-repeated as he voiced his opposition to commercial adult-use sales, has 10 days to decide if he will sign, veto or allow the medical marijuana reform bill to become law without his signature.

Together with the law passed last month, the votes this week – if they become law – will change how people can legally grow, sell, manufacture, authorize and consume all forms of cannabis. Here is a look at what is in store for all of them.

RECREATIONAL MARKET

After lawmakers shot down a bill Tuesday that would have forced another statewide vote on legalization, Maine is still on track to ramp up its recreational marijuana marketplace.

Since voters embraced legalization in a 2016 referendum, lawmakers have rewritten the law to make it more palatable to the 49 percent of Mainers who voted against legalization and to gain the support of a supermajority of legislators needed to override a likely LePage veto.

That meant taking the bill that failed in 2017 and making it more conservative. Lawmakers abandoned the idea of social clubs where people could consume pot to win over those who worried

Article source: https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/stateregional/legislature-maps-the-landscape-for-legal-marijuana-growers-sellers-in-maine/

Legislature maps the landscape for legal marijuana growers, sellers in Maine

June 29th, 2018

The legislative outline of Maine’s adult-use cannabis market was finalized last month when lawmakers overturned a gubernatorial veto and paved the way for adult-use sales in 2019. And late Tuesday night, lawmakers adopted a sweeping medical cannabis reform bill that now sits on Gov. Paul LePage’s desk for review.

LePage, whose sharp criticism of Maine’s medical use of marijuana program was oft-repeated as he voiced his opposition to commercial adult-use sales, has 10 days to decide if he will sign, veto or allow the medical marijuana reform bill to become law without his signature.

Together with the law passed last month, the votes this week – if they become law – will change how people can legally grow, sell, manufacture, authorize and consume all forms of cannabis. Here is a look at what is in store for all of them.

RECREATIONAL MARKET

After lawmakers shot down a bill Tuesday that would have forced another statewide vote on legalization, Maine is still on track to ramp up its recreational marijuana marketplace.

Since voters embraced legalization in a 2016 referendum, lawmakers have rewritten the law to make it more palatable to the 49 percent of Mainers who voted against legalization and to gain the support of a supermajority of legislators needed to override a likely LePage veto.

That meant taking the bill that failed in 2017 and making it more conservative. Lawmakers abandoned the idea of social clubs where people could consume pot to win over those who worried

Article source: https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/stateregional/legislature-maps-the-landscape-for-legal-marijuana-growers-sellers-in-maine/

Etna man sentenced, Bangor man pleads guilty in Frankfort pot farm …

June 29th, 2018
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
June 28, 2018 6:25 pm

Two men accused of being part of a conspiracy to distribute marijuana through a medical pot smoking lounge in Bangor were in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

James Mansfield, 33, of Etna was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in the conspiracy, which included running an indoor pot farm in a Frankfort warehouse.

Terrence Sawtelle, 49, of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana. By pleading guilty, Sawtelle admitted that he and Christopher Ruhlin, the owner of two Bangor head shops, grew the marijuana in Frankfort and distributed it through the Owls Club, Sawtelle’s smoking lounge, between 2010 and 2014, when Mansfield and others took over the grow operation.

Ruhlin, 49, of Holden pleaded guilty earlier this month to the drug conspiracy charge and to one count of structuring, or trying to hide cash deposits from bank regulators.

Sentencing dates for Sawtelle and Ruhlin have not been set. Both men remain free on bail.

Sawtelle’s attorney,

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/28/news/bangor/etna-man-sentenced-bangor-man-pleads-guilty-in-frankfort-pot-farm-scheme/

Etna man sentenced, Bangor man pleads guilty in Frankfort pot farm scheme

June 28th, 2018
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
June 28, 2018 6:25 pm

Two men accused of being part of a conspiracy to distribute marijuana through a medical pot smoking lounge in Bangor were in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

James Mansfield, 33, of Etna was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in the conspiracy, which included running an indoor pot farm in a Frankfort warehouse.

Terrence Sawtelle, 49, of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana. By pleading guilty, Sawtelle admitted that he and Christopher Ruhlin, the owner of two Bangor head shops, grew the marijuana in Frankfort and distributed it through the Owls Club, Sawtelle’s smoking lounge, between 2010 and 2014, when Mansfield and others took over the grow operation.

Ruhlin, 49, of Holden pleaded guilty earlier this month to the drug conspiracy charge and to one count of structuring, or trying to hide cash deposits from bank regulators.

Sentencing dates for Sawtelle and Ruhlin have not been set. Both men remain free on bail.

Sawtelle’s attorney,

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/28/news/bangor/etna-man-sentenced-bangor-man-pleads-guilty-in-frankfort-pot-farm-scheme/

Medical marijuana storefront proposed in So. Berwick

June 28th, 2018

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Town Council on Wednesday heard a proposal for a medical marijuana storefront on Main Street.

Councilors heard from Calvin Akers and Stefan Tranchemonthene regarding their application to open a medical marijuana caregiver storefront facility near Fogarty’s Restaurant. As explained by Akers, security is a motivating factor for their storefront operation.

“Right now, we go to our patient’s homes, they come to our home, we are looking for safe access in a secured environment,” Akers said.

Akers and Tranchemonthene’s location would include a security door, fire extinguishers and alarms, with patients required to be 21 or older and seen only by appointment. Their business is currently licensed to serve five patients. “Also, someone walking by the store would not be exposed to any product,” Akers said.

Responding to Councilor Mallory Cook’s question about how someone becomes a patient, Akers said “patients need to be recommended by a certified health care professional in Maine. After completion of necessary paperwork and documentation, they are issued a card to become a certified patient.”

Akers said the Legislature is debating whether patient census can be based on the number of plants that can be grown in any one facility. If this is the case, his number would increase. Akers and his partner currently operate a marijuana growth facility in Sanford and they have no plans to expand that operation into South Berwick.

“We have no cultivation in South Berwick and we are not planning any either,” Tranchemonthene said.

Councilors

Article source: http://www.fosters.com/news/20180626/medical-marijuana-storefront-proposed-in-so-berwick

Legislature maps the landscape for legal marijuana growers, sellers …

June 28th, 2018

Maine lawmakers this week wrapped up their efforts to rewrite the state’s marijuana laws for adult-use recreational sales and for medical use.

The legislative outline of Maine’s adult-use cannabis market was finalized last month when lawmakers overturned a gubernatorial veto and paved the way for adult-use sales in 2019. And late Tuesday night, lawmakers adopted a sweeping medical cannabis reform bill that now sits on Gov. Paul LePage’s desk for review.

LePage, whose sharp criticism of Maine’s medical use of marijuana program was oft-repeated as he voiced his opposition to commercial adult-use sales, has 10 days to decide if he will sign, veto or allow the medical marijuana reform bill to become law without his signature.

On Wednesday, the morning after the bill’s late-night approval, LePage remained silent on his plans.

Together with the law passed last month, the votes this week – if they become law – will change how people can legally grow, sell, manufacture, authorize and consume all forms of cannabis. Here is a look at what is in store for all of them.

RECREATIONAL MARKET

After lawmakers shot down a bill Tuesday that would have forced another statewide vote on legalization, Maine is still on track to ramp up its recreational marijuana marketplace.

Since voters embraced legalization in a 2016 referendum, lawmakers have rewritten the law to make it more palatable to the 49 percent of Mainers who voted against legalization and to gain the support of a supermajority of legislators needed to override

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/28/legislature-maps-the-landscape-for-legal-marijuana-growers-sellers-in-maine/

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report for June 8 – 22

June 28th, 2018

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report for June 8 – 22.

6/8/2018 1050hrs, Deputy Scovil responded to a report of a suicidal female on Beans Corner Rd in New Sharon. The female was transported to FMH.

6/9/2018 0003hrs, Deputy McCormick responded to a report of an underage drinking party on the Starks Rd in New Sharon. Several juveniles were there at the party and ran into the woods to escape detection. Four juveniles were charged illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, one of the four was charged with furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor.

6/9/2018 0124hrs, Deputy Morgan conducted a traffic stop on the Starks road in New Sharon, as a result two minors in the car were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

On 06/09/18 02:00hrs, Sgt. Bean and K-9 Bain were dispatched to assist Wilton Police for a Domestic Violence type call where the male suspect fled the scene on foot. Upon arrival K9 Bain was able to immediately pick up a track, which went through thick underbrush, swamps, and then along some ATV trails. K9 Bain located the suspect, Caleb Hupper (28) of Livermore Falls, was taken into custody without incident hiding in thick underbrush.

6/9/2018 2124hrs, Deputy McCormick conducted a traffic stop on Mile Hill Rd in New Sharon regarding a report of a possible intoxicated driver. Other than an expired registration the driver was ok.

6/10/2018 0703hs, Deputy Scovil and Deputy Davol assisted Carrabassett Police with a two car head on

Article source: http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/news/the-franklin-county-sheriffs-office-weekly-report-for-june-8-22/

Maine House, Senate approve sweeping reform of medical …

June 27th, 2018

The Maine Senate and House voted Tuesday night to pass a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill that overhauls the caregiver system.

The bill, which now goes to Gov.Paul LePage, would let caregivers expand their business operations. For example, they could hire more than one worker, and sell up to 30 percent of their harvest to other caregivers and dispensaries. In exchange, however, they would have to submit to more state oversight, like unannounced state inspections and seed-to-sale tracking.

The bill allows caregivers to open retail stores, letting them become mini dispensaries that can serve as many card-carrying patients as they can from 30 flowering marijuana plants, but only in towns that have authorized medical marijuana storefronts.

The municipal opt-in requirement was added by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, mirroring a provision in the adult-use law.

“This gives more clarity to municipalities, patients and medical marijuana providers on what they can and can’t do,” Katz said on Tuesday night before a Senate chamber that was down seven members as the special session wound down. “There is going to be a single set of rules if someone wants to set up a marijuana store.”

Months of consideration

The original bill, which was written by the Health and Human Services Committee after months of consideration, gave towns a lot of authority to regulate caregivers, including their retail shops, through ordinances or zoning, but the Katz amendment essentially allows a town to shut out caregiver retail stores by doing nothing. This mirrors the state’s recently passed adult-use cannabis law.

The amendment also

Article source: https://www.timesrecord.com/articles/maine-1/maine-house-senate-approve-sweeping-reform-of-medical-marijuana-bill/