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Maine man to give up $340K in illegally sought pot investments …

August 31st, 2018
Seth Koenig | BDN
The Associated Press
August 31, 2018 11:23 am

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says a Kittery man has agreed to pay nearly $400,000 in fines and interest for illegally soliciting investors for a medical cannabis operation on Craigslist.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the commission says Richard J. Greenlaw raised about $500,000 from at least 59 investors across the country by offering securities in 20 cannabis-related businesses on the website although he was not registered with the SEC.

Greenlaw could not be reached for comment. A phone listing in his name could not be found. It was not immediately known if he’s being represented by an attorney.

The SEC said Tuesday that Greenlaw has agreed to turn over more than $340,000 in proceeds from the illegal solicitations and pay a civil penalty of $50,000.

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Maine man to give up $340K in illegally sought pot investments

August 31st, 2018
Seth Koenig | BDN
The Associated Press
August 31, 2018 11:23 am

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says a Kittery man has agreed to pay nearly $400,000 in fines and interest for illegally soliciting investors for a medical cannabis operation on Craigslist.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the commission says Richard J. Greenlaw raised about $500,000 from at least 59 investors across the country by offering securities in 20 cannabis-related businesses on the website although he was not registered with the SEC.

Greenlaw could not be reached for comment. A phone listing in his name could not be found. It was not immediately known if he’s being represented by an attorney.

The SEC said Tuesday that Greenlaw has agreed to turn over more than $340,000 in proceeds from the illegal solicitations and pay a civil penalty of $50,000.

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Rockland City Council Passes to Medical Marijuana Moratorium

August 31st, 2018

Rockland City Council voted 3-2 at a special meeting on August 22 to pass a controversial 60-day moratorium on allowing medical marijuana facilities in the city. Meanwhile, opponents are already hinting that they may take legal action. Mayor Valli Geiger and Councilors Amelia Magjik and Lisa Westkaemper voted for the proposal while Councilors Ed Glaser and Adam Ackor voted against it.

Geiger said that she sponsored the moratorium to slow down the process and give the city time to decide how it wants to regulate medical marijuana retail stores or if it wants to allow them at all.

“And if we do want to opt in, how and when and how many?” said Geiger. “That to me is the purpose of the moratorium, to protect the city’s ability to decide its future in terms of opting in or opting out.”

The city’s current zoning ordinance, which states that medical marijuana production facilities can be used “for cultivation, processing, storage, and/or distribution” of medical marijuana, has caused confusion about whether production facilities can operate solely as retail medicinal pot stores. The city’s code enforcement office has interpreted it to mean that a facility whose primary purpose is to cultivate and produce medical marijuana can “incidentally” sell to patients. But at least one applicant believes the ordinance allows for retail stores, which councilors supporting the moratorium say was not the original intent of

Article source: https://freepressonline.com/Content/Top-Scrolling-Area/Top-Scrolling-Area/Article/Rockland-City-Council-Passes-to-Medical-Marijuana-Moratorium/126/724/60462

Fourth man arrested for alleged role in Lewiston-Auburn pot trafficking ring

August 31st, 2018
Andree Kehn | AP
By Callie Ferguson, BDN Staff
August 28, 2018 1:11 pm

A fourth man has been charged in connection with a marijuana trafficking ring that federal authorities claim sold hundreds of pounds of pot in an operation based in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Andrew Waite, 29, of Turner was indicted on federal drug trafficking and illegal firearms charges for his alleged role in the conspiracy, after agents found guns, a Ferrari and at least 100 pounds of pot during a February raid, according to a criminal complaint filed in Portland federal court.

[Feds seize 110 lbs of pot during raids of alleged Maine trafficking ring]

His Nezinscot Drive home was one of several properties raided in February, when federal agents executed 20 search warrants in the Lewiston-Auburn area during an operation to bust a ring of dealers who allegedly used Maine’s Medical Marijuana program as a cover to illegally grow and sell the drug outside of Maine, according to the complaint. Three other men have been arrested.

During the Feb. 28 raid on Waite’s home, agents found seven boxes what

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/08/28/news/lewiston-auburn/fourth-man-arrested-for-alleged-role-in-lewiston-auburn-pot-trafficking-ring/

Rockland voters may have say on whether to allow pot sales downtown – Courier

August 30th, 2018

Rockland — A Rockland City Councilor has proposed holding two municipal advisory referendums in the fall to determine the community’s sentiment on allowing retail marijuana sales.

Councilor Ed Glaser has sponsored two items to be considered at the council’s Sept. 10 meeting.

One would ask voters whether they support retail marijuana sales in Rockland. The other would ask whether retail sales should be allowed downtown.

Rockland voters supported a November 2016 statewide referendum to allow retail marijuana sales by a 2,012 to 1,533 tally. State law, however, requires the legislative bodies of each municipality to opt in for such sales.

Rockland has yet to vote on retail sales. The city council is Rockland’s legislative body.

The proposal for the referendums comes after the Council voted 3-2 at its Aug. 20 meeting for a 60-day moratorium on any additional medical marijuana production facilities. The council will also vote Sept. 10 on a separate six-month moratorium.

The councilors who supported the moratorium said it was needed to give the city time to review its regulations and to prevent medical marijuana facilities from being turned into retail shops without city approval.

One medical marijuana facility has been approved for 500 Main St. Three other applications are on hold because of the emergency 60-day moratorium. Those proposals are for 266 Main St.; 12 Moran Drive; and 11 Lime St.

Rockland Main Street Inc. conducted a survey in the fall of 2016 in which nearly half the people responding said they did not want a marijuana

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/rockland-voters-may-have-say-on-whether-to-allow-pot-sales-downtown/1775832

Augusta might ban medical marijuana caregivers from residential zones

August 30th, 2018

AUGUSTA — A majority of city councilors expressed interest in banning medical marijuana caregivers from selling to their patients in all residential zoning districts in the city.

That desire diverges from the recommendation of a city subcommittee, and the Planning Board, that the city regulate — but not ban — medical marijuana caregivers operating out of their homes.

Most councilors, in an informal straw poll after a lengthy discussion last week on what the city should do to regulate medical marijuana sales in Augusta, indicated they do not want to allow retail sales of medical marijuana by caregivers in residential zoning districts. Councilors did indicate they would favor allowing medical marijuana caregivers to operate in commercial and other nonresidential zones in the city — even out of their homes — if they are located in a commercially zoned district.

“If a physician or pharmacy wanted to open a business, they’d have to follow our rules, our zoning, and they couldn’t go to a residential area; they’d have to go to a commercial area,” said Ward 4 Councilor Eric Lind. “So why don’t we just follow the same rules for this? A caregiver is a caregiver. Whether it’s a marijuana caregiver, a physician, a dentist or a pharmacy, you put them where we think it’s appropriate in the city to operate a business.”

Resident Catherine Cobb, a member of the subcommittee studying marijuana-related issues in Augusta, warned that such a ban would upset some caregivers already operating out of their homes in

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/08/28/augusta-may-ban-medical-marijuana-caregivers-from-residential-zones/

Fourth man arrested for alleged role in Lewiston-Auburn pot …

August 30th, 2018
Andree Kehn | AP
By Callie Ferguson, BDN Staff
August 28, 2018 1:11 pm

A fourth man has been charged in connection with a marijuana trafficking ring that federal authorities claim sold hundreds of pounds of pot in an operation based in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Andrew Waite, 29, of Turner was indicted on federal drug trafficking and illegal firearms charges for his alleged role in the conspiracy, after agents found guns, a Ferrari and at least 100 pounds of pot during a February raid, according to a criminal complaint filed in Portland federal court.

[Feds seize 110 lbs of pot during raids of alleged Maine trafficking ring]

His Nezinscot Drive home was one of several properties raided in February, when federal agents executed 20 search warrants in the Lewiston-Auburn area during an operation to bust a ring of dealers who allegedly used Maine’s Medical Marijuana program as a cover to illegally grow and sell the drug outside of Maine, according to the complaint. Three other men have been arrested.

During the Feb. 28 raid on Waite’s home, agents found seven boxes what

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/08/28/news/lewiston-auburn/fourth-man-arrested-for-alleged-role-in-lewiston-auburn-pot-trafficking-ring/

Your Morning 3: Hot weather, Skowhegan craft beer fest and Augusta pot talks

August 30th, 2018

Good morning, central Maine. It’s Wednesday, Aug. 28, meaning it’s also Chop Suey Day, Lemon Juice Day and More Herbs, Less Salt Day.

Onto Your Morning 3:

A SCORCHAH: The daytime high today is expected to be 90 degrees — but with the expected humidity, the heat index is expected to reach 96 degrees. With classes starting for many today, that’s causing local school district officials to send out advisories on how to keep classrooms cool and children out of harm’s way in the heat. Read the story.

 

CHEERS: The third annual Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival is set for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Skowhegan. Maine-crafted libations abound. Read the story. 

 

 

AUGUSTA POT TALKS: Most Augusta city councilors say they’d like to ban medical marijuana caregivers from selling to their patients in all residential zoning districts in the city. Councilors have agreed to take up the issue again in a workshop session, probably next week. Read the story. 

 

 


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Colorado firm offers non-cash payment solution for Maine’s cannabis retailers

August 29th, 2018

CanPay, a Littleton, Colo.-based company that describes itself as ‘the world’s first debit payment app for cannabis retailers,” has launched its cashless payment system in Maine and six other East Coast states that allow for adult use of marijuana.

The company announced Tuesday its launch of debit payment services to 115 cannabis retailers in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida. It plans to extend its services within those markets and to Rhode Island, New Jersey and Vermont by the end of the year, according to its news release.

“CanPay’s goal is to be the No. 1 name in cannabis payments, delivering a quick and easy-to-use payment option for cannabis consumers everywhere,” CanPay CEO Dustin Eide said in the release. “By expanding our services throughout the East Coast, consumers from Maine all the way to Florida can make free, secure payments for all of their cannabis needs. East Coast dispensaries are widely adopting CanPay because it allows them to reduce cash on hand and offer their customers a convenient payment experience that is reliable, compliant and transparent.”

CanPay reported that the U.S. cannabis industry is projected to reach nearly $25 billion by 2025, noting that nine states and the District of Columbia now allow the adult use of of marijuana. Thirty more (including Maine) have legalized cannabis for medical use, the company stated.

“Even more states are planning to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in some capacity in the years to come,” the company stated. “CanPay is poised to utilize

Turner man indicted in massive drug bust in Lewiston

August 29th, 2018

PORTLAND — A Turner man faces several federal charges connected to a massive drug bust in February.

Andrew Waite, 29, of Turner was indicted in U.S. District Court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, illegal possession of an unregistered silencer and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In February, local, state and federal law enforcement agents searched more than 20 sites in Androscoggin County — including Waite’s Nezinscott Drive home. As part of the search of Waite’s residence, agents seized about 100 pounds of marijuana, firearms, a Ferrari and more than $150,000 in cash, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Waite was arrested July 18 in North Carolina and appeared Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Waite entered the courtroom wearing a khaki jumpsuit with “Strafford County DOC” printed on the back. Waite spoke little during the 20-minute hearing, informing the Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III that he understood his rights and the charges against him.

He pleaded not guilty on all three counts. A bail hearing was postponed until 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Waite had already made an initial court appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina after being arrested on July 18. This was his first appearance in a Maine, where his case will be tried.

If convicted, he faces between five years and life and a $250,000 fine on the firearm charge, up to five years and a $250,000 fine on the drug charge, and

Article source: https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/stateregional/turner-man-indicted-in-massive-drug-bust-in-lewiston/