Archive for August, 2018

Turner man indicted in massive drug bust in Lewiston – Portland …

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

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/28/turner-man-indicted-in-massive-drug-bust-in-lewiston/

Maine man who overdosed at work sues salmon farm for allegedly not rendering aid

August 29th, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
August 28, 2018 12:55 pm

Updated: August 28, 2018 4:47 pm

A Baileyville man whose co-workers put him in a cold shower after he overdosed last year instead of calling 911 has sued his former employer, a Machiasport salmon farm, according to court documents.

Brian Taylor, 30, alleges that True North Maine Inc., a division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc. of Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, failed to operate a safe workplace where employees were properly trained to render aid.

The lawsuit, filed a year ago in Washington County Superior Court, has been delayed because True North and Cooke’s insurance companies have refused to pay the costs of defending the company, according to Taylor’s attorney, Barry Mills of Ellsworth.

Taylor, who is now confined to a wheelchair and is unable to care for himself, was working a 12-hour overnight shift sanitizing equipment and facilities on Nov. 25, 2016, when he overdosed, the complaint said. Taylor snorted either heroin or cocaine that he allegedly obtained from a co-worker, according to the lawsuit.

Cooke Aquaculture

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/08/28/news/down-east/maine-man-who-overdosed-at-work-sues-salmon-farm-for-not-rendering-aid/

Turner man indicted in massive drug bust in Lewiston/Auburn …

August 28th, 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

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/28/turner-man-indicted-in-massive-drug-bust-in-lewiston/

‘This is a hot-button topic’: Kittery council puts retail pot question on …

August 28th, 2018
Shawn St. Hilaire | Seacoast Online
By Hadley Barndollar, Portsmouth Herald
August 27, 2018 10:45 pm

Updated: August 28, 2018 6:26 am

KITTERY, Maine — The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to place a non-binding referendum question on the November ballot gauging voter interest in having retail marijuana stores in the town’s commercial districts.

And while all councilors felt it was the proper next step in navigating the landscape of new marijuana laws in Maine, Town Council Chairman Ken Lemont felt strongly he did not want to sell the town on the falsehood that retail stores would bring financial benefit to the municipality. Following several debates in the state Legislature, it’s been determined towns will not receive portions of sales or excise tax from adult-use retail operations, a reversal of the state referendum approved in 2016. Instead, revenue will go to the state.

Lemont, a former state senator and representative, said he had a “real problem” with the idea of “home rule and zero revenue.”

But despite Lemont’s concerns, councilors passed 7-0 a single question that should give the town a more

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/08/27/news/york/this-is-a-hot-button-topic-kittery-council-puts-retail-pot-question-on-town-ballot/

‘This is a hot-button topic’: Kittery council puts retail pot question on town ballot

August 28th, 2018
Shawn St. Hilaire | Seacoast Online
By Hadley Barndollar, Portsmouth Herald
August 27, 2018 10:45 pm

KITTERY, Maine — The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to place a non-binding referendum question on the November ballot gauging voter interest in having retail marijuana stores in the town’s commercial districts.

And while all councilors felt it was the proper next step in navigating the landscape of new marijuana laws in Maine, Town Council Chairman Ken Lemont felt strongly he did not want to sell the town on the falsehood that retail stores would bring financial benefit to the municipality. Following several debates in the state Legislature, it’s been determined towns will not receive portions of sales or excise tax from adult-use retail operations, a reversal of the state referendum approved in 2016. Instead, revenue will go to the state.

Lemont, a former state senator and representative, said he had a “real problem” with the idea of “home rule and zero revenue.”

But despite Lemont’s concerns, councilors passed 7-0 a single question that should give the town a more concise picture on voters’ comfort level with retail marijuana establishments. On Nov.

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/08/27/news/york/this-is-a-hot-button-topic-kittery-council-puts-retail-pot-question-on-town-ballot/

Rockland Council OKs pot moratorium as fourth application filed with city – Courier

August 27th, 2018

Rockland — The Rockland City Council gave approval Monday evening, Aug. 20, to a moratorium on marijuana businesses, which the mayor said was needed for the community to maintain local control.

The attorney representing one applicant vowed, however, to appeal the moratorium in court.

The council’s action comes as a fourth application for a medical marijuana production facility was filed with the city’s Code Enforcement Office Monday. This proposal is for one at 11 Lime St., part of the former Bicknell Manufacturing building.

One facility has already been approved by the City Council and Planning Board for Nick Westervelt of Westervelt Provisions LLC  at 500 Main St.

Michael McNaboe of Yarmouth has proposed one at 12 Moran Drive in the Industrial Park.

And Mark Crockett from Pen Bay Alternative Medicine Inc. has applied to have one at 266 Main St., where Hill’s Seafood restaurant is located.

Attorney Joseph Baiungo of Belfast, who represents Crockett, urged councilors at the Aug. 20 meeting not to enact the moratorium, nor to make it retroactive to July 9. Crockett is scheduled to have his proposal reviewed Tuesday evening, Aug. 21, by the Rockland Planning Board. A public hearing and final vote would likely not be held until September.

The attorney said Crockett is one of the most knowledgeable people in the state on the law regulating marijuana facilities and is willing to work with Rockland officials.

The moratorium is an extreme measure, Baiungo said. He said state law allows a moratorium only in cases where it is needed to the

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/rockland-council-oks-pot-moratorium-as-fourth-application-filed-with-city/1773235

Maine’s pipemaking business becomes piping hot

August 27th, 2018

Brian Owoc began his love affair with the torch when the itinerant baker met a group of glass artists at a 2000 Phish show.

Fascinated by the flame and the camaraderie, the Portland resident watched as they crafted glass rods into elaborate smoking pipes in a mind-bending range of sizes, colors and shapes. He soaked up as much as possible between shows and shifts at Dunkin’ Donuts. Two years later, he was trading glass-blowing lessons for space in his makeshift garage studio on Allen Avenue.

Five years later, after building up his skills, reputation and following, Owoc hit upon his artistic signature: the doughnut-shaped pipe.

“I was baking doughnuts all night and spending all day behind a torch,” Owoc recalled. “It’s only natural I’d eventually end up combining my passions, right? The first ones were pretty rough. I was living paycheck to paycheck, making just enough to cover rent, food and Phish tickets. But as I got better, and I learned how to glaze and frost them, things got crazy. By 2012, whoa.”

Now Owoc has a four-month waiting list for his doughnuts. One fan has collected more than 100 of them. A few have gotten tattoos of Owoc’s logo, KGB Glass. Even his smallest doughnut pipes and pendants cost more than $100, while some of the big elaborate pieces – like a doughnut-themed lava lamp pipe – sell for several thousand dollars each.

Owoc is one of the rock stars of Maine’s growing pipe-making community. No one knows how many people make pipes in

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/08/26/maines-pipemaking-business-becomes-piping-hot/

Maine’s pipemaking business becomes piping hot

August 26th, 2018

Brian Owoc began his love affair with the torch when the itinerant baker met a group of glass artists at a 2000 Phish show.

Fascinated by the flame and the camaraderie, the Portland resident watched as they crafted glass rods into elaborate smoking pipes in a mind-bending range of sizes, colors and shapes. He soaked up as much as possible between shows and shifts at Dunkin’ Donuts. Two years later, he was trading glass-blowing lessons for space in his makeshift garage studio on Allen Avenue.

Five years later, after building up his skills, reputation and following, Owoc hit upon his artistic signature: the doughnut-shaped pipe.

“I was baking doughnuts all night and spending all day behind a torch,” Owoc recalled. “It’s only natural I’d eventually end up combining my passions, right? The first ones were pretty rough. I was living paycheck to paycheck, making just enough to cover rent, food and Phish tickets. But as I got better, and I learned how to glaze and frost them, things got crazy. By 2012, whoa.”

Now Owoc has a four-month waiting list for his doughnuts. One fan has collected more than 100 of them. A few have gotten tattoos of Owoc’s logo, KGB Glass. Even his smallest doughnut pipes and pendants cost more than $100, while some of the big elaborate pieces – like a doughnut-themed lava lamp pipe – sell for several thousand dollars each.

Owoc is one of the rock stars of Maine’s growing pipe-making community. No one knows how many people make pipes in

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/26/maines-pipemaking-business-becomes-piping-hot/

Bar Harbor enacts medical marijuana retail moratorium

August 25th, 2018

The Bar Harbor Town Council recent voted to enact an emergency 60-day moratorium on retail stores for the sale of harvested medical marijuana.

Bar Harbor Planning Director Janna Richards said the reason for the moratorium was to prevent such facilities from opening before the town could put regulations in place, the Mount Desert Islander reported.

“The council hasn’t taken a policy stance on whether or not they want these types of establishments to occur in this municipality, and the planning board has not taken a look at how they would be regulated in this municipality,” she said.

According to www.cannabusinessplans.com, Maine has been a leader in the legalization of cannabis. It was the fifth state to approve the use of medical cannabis, doing so in 1999. Medical cannabis sales in Maine have been steadily rising, and recreational cannabis stands to strengthen the state’s overall cannabis market, the report stated.

Combining medical and recreational cannabis sales, Maine’s cannabis sales are expected to top $321 million by 2020, according to projections from cannabis industry reporting firm New Frontier Data. Maine has robust participation in its medical marijuana program.

It’s estimated that nearly 4% of Mainers are certified medical cannabis patients. That puts participation in Maine’s medical cannabis program at double the average for enrollment in states whose medical cannabis have similar qualifying conditions.

Article source: http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20180824/NEWS0101/180829960

Councilor accused of conflict of interest in pot moratorium vote – Courier

August 24th, 2018

Rockland — The lawyer for a potential marijuana business is threatening a lawsuit against Rockland if it enacts a moratorium, while the developer of another proposed growing center claims that one councilor has a clear conflict of interest.

The Rockland City Council voted 3-2 at its Aug. 20 meeting to give preliminary approval for an emergency 60-day moratorium on medical marijuana production facilities. That may be followed by a six-month moratorium.

At the Aug. 20 meeting, attorney Joseph Baiungo of Belfast said he would file a court challenge to the moratorium if it receives final approval at the Sept. 10 meeting. Baiungo represents Mark Crockett of Pen Bay Alternative Medicine Inc. of Benton, who wants to open a business at 266 Main St., where Hill’s Seafood is located.

Additionally, developer Michael McNaboe, who applied to the city for a marijuana production facility at 12  Moran Drive in the Industrial Park, claims that Councilor Amelia Magjik has a conflict of interest — an opinion shared by Councilor Adam Ackor.

Magjik works for the construction company that is renovating the building at 500 Main St., where Nick Westervelt of Westervelt Provisions LLC  plans to operate a marijuana business.

“I would like to point out that the optics of a city councilor who has a vested interest in one operation over another (I am referring to Councilor Magjik’s business profiting from Mr Westervelt’s active construction project) moving for passage of said party’s permit approval before also moving to establish a moratorium

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/councilor-accused-of-conflict-of-interest-in-pot-moratorium-vote/1774228